this week i’m thankful for… perspective

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This week I’m changing up the normal Things I’m Thankful For series and talking more in-depth about one thankful item in my life at the moment: perspective.

As I’ve mentioned, we are two weeks away from moving to our new apartment. And for the past few months the boxes of inventory and items for the new home are crowding this small one bedroom apartment.

Above is a photo of just some of our box madness sitting in front of my desk and behind the living area.

The makeunder/exfoliator/decorator/clean freak in me has been freaking out.

But last night as I was drifting off to sleep I had the most random analogy pop into my head… from Instagram.

In life we have the ability to add ‘filters’ to our experience. And the clutter and craziness in my home right now is a great place for me to work on changing my perspective when I cannot change the actual reality.

Though the image above was taken without a filter, the image below shows how I could choose to look at this transition phase.

I could look at the mess and get even more upset about it. I could stay frustrated and stare at those boxes and think, “I can’t stand this mess anymore! Something needs to change!” But since there isn’t much I can do, I’ll just stay upset whenever I look at my home.

Not really an intentional way to live life, huh?

Or, I could add a brighter filter on the situation.

Same situation with a lighter, more nostalgic filter. I could look at the mounds of boxes and think, “Though there is definitely a lot of clutter around here, these things are all going to be so beautiful in my new home. And though this apartment isn’t looking so hot, I can still enjoy our last few nights in this phase of our lives. This is where Mr. Lively and I met, and lived as a married couple for the first time. It will always have a special place in my heart.” 

Way more productive, right?

So here’s to the filters that we have the ability to create to frame our experiences and look on the bright side.

Thanks for reading and I’ll see you next week!

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  1. Eleanor

    This is actually genius. I love Instagram for the very reason you’re talking about- it just makes everything (and everyone!) look better, somehow. A regular meal becomes a beautiful moment in time, a day out with a friend looks epic. Using it has actually made me appreciate the little things in my life so much more. What a great way of applying that view to challenges in our lives, Jess. 🙂

  2. Shannan

    I LOVE this! I will re-blog this on my blog at some point. It illustrates that power of choice and intention so beautifully; something that I am currently focusing on, in life and on my site. Thank you so much for this wonderful perspective.:)

  3. Jess

    I’m so glad you ladies liked the Instagram perspective. : )

    Elanor, I know just what you mean about a normal meal looking amazing. I am constantly amazed by the power of filters on Instagram too!

  4. cara

    I was compelled to say what has already been said ~ brilliant! I have been searching for some perspective today, and think I just found it 🙂

  5. I love the simplicity of your post for such a profound insight! Nostalgia is certainly the filter to use when knee-deep in the moving process =)

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