Learn from Michelle

A Matter of Perspective

"I hope to make something good one day. I haven’t yet, but I am pursuing it and fighting for it." -Vincent Van Gogh
What drives you? Is there something (or someone) that makes getting up and living every day to the fullest worth it?
Long hours, unending to-do lists, and feelings of inadequacy are things that almost everyone struggles with at some point in their life. There are days when it feels like everything you're doing isn't enough — that you're always falling behind. The constant motion of life just keeps running you over.
Focusing on that aspect can easily drag you into the doldrums. What are the doldrums, you ask? They are a place of acceptance that this constant fatigue is your reality and never going to change. The idea is proposed in a depressing manner and guised as logic. Well, guess what? IT IS NOT!
Yes, life is busy, and many times we are in constant motion. But just accepting and wallowing in self-pity is far from living life to the fullest!
Think about your happy place! Where is it? Who is it with? I think as we grow older we realize that there is no need for extravagance or magic to find happiness. In fact, happiness can be found in the most mundane of places.
My happy place? Our farm. Notice those two words summarize so much more than a location. Yes, being in the hills of Tennessee surrounded by my family where there is fresh air and pasture — that is my happy place.
But do you also know where I see the most need for things to be done? Our farm! My happy place isn't just happy. It is also the center of all of my fatigue, all of my worries, and all of those bubbling up negative self-assessments.
So, why is it my happy place? It's all because of my perspective. If I focused on the negative, it would be my doldrums. However, focusing on the positive transforms it into my happy place, encourages me to keep getting up and after it every morning, and makes living life to the fullest each day a blessing.
Embrace the motion! Movement can be beautiful, elegant, and life-changing. We would get nowhere without moving forward.
Hand-painted in Adobe Photoshop CC using the Wacom Intuos Pro and the Wacom Art Pen.
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