As 2 minutes silence is held on November 11th 2011 to remember the men and women who have died in the armed services, it’s as good a time as any to see if you have your perspective right…
I been writing for many years that changes in belief, attitude and thought process will change the way you act, which in turn will change the circumstances around you. These beliefs can be changed by outside influences, or you can take steps to change them yourself.
It can make a massive impact on your life, but in fact it’s possible to benefit from an attitude change which doesn’t need to lead to any action, and that’s the attitude of perspective.
The first World War ended at 11am on November 11th 1918, and it was a year later that the 11th November remembrance was started. November 2011 sees the first remembrance with no remaining survivors from that war, which seems to drive home the point about the remembering.
The date of 11/11/11 has got lots of attention, and there have been lots of new documentaries about what it was like in various wars, particularly World War 1.
That war was certainly vicious, as new methods of warfare overwhelmed old methods – that led to huge numbers of men simply walking forward into waves of machine gun fire.
Most people can think of the muddy trenches, battlefield stalemate, but it can be important to stop and *really* imagine what it was like for these people. Instead of just stopping what we do for 2 minutes, we can linger a bit longer to think of the abundance we have…
Instead of being shot and killed, cold, hungry and scared, if you are reading this you most probably have a wealth of abundance that was unheard of in 1918. You probably have food, clothes, heat, and you have opportunity to create a future that you choose.
Because most of us have it easy by comparison, the little frustrations take on more significance then they really should – yes, you may have broken a fingernail, yes, your favourite act may have been booted off X Factor, but in the big scheme of things, does it matter?
Now, I’m not belittling all the problems that beset us, nor am I suggesting some sort of happy clappy unrealistic nirvana – let’s face it there are plenty of things for us to worry about, and the world economy in 2011 is causing real issues.
What I am suggesting though, is that perspective sometimes get lost. You are allowed to be happy in the moment rather than waiting for happiness at some point in the future.
It’s too often foisted upon us that happiness is connected to material possession, but it isn’t.
Appreciating the abundance we have is a great idea. The fact that we take it for granted is proof in itself that it’s there – the 11th of the 11th 2011 provides us with a wonderful opportunity to remember others, and to really enjoy the wealth we have all around us.
Take a moment, it’s well worth it, to stop and smell the poppies.
‘Til Next Time,
Health & Happiness,