February 5, 2018

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Perspective Check

It’s easy to get caught in the perpetual rut of feeling as though things are headed in the wrong direction, that they can’t get much worse, and that you’re nothing more than a helpless passenger on this sinking ship, clipping every iceberg as it navigates the murky waters of negativity. Although it may seem like an exercise in futility, it is essential to put yourself in your place, and remember that somebody, somewhere, not only has it worse than you, but so much so that it’s borderline unfathomable to think it can get that bad.
Somebody, somewhere, right this second, is experiencing epic tragedy, insurmountable hardship, and they are up against astronomical odds. That is their reality. It was also their reality yesterday, last week, last year, and it will probably be their reality againĀ tomorrow. That also means despite the circumstances of their reality, they chose to get up and keep going, last year, last week, yesterday, today, and they will do it againĀ tomorrow. So you know what? You can too.
Exercise your sense of perspective daily, as it’s probably the most valuable exercise you will do. Nobody walks this earth without becoming a victim of the world’s misfortune at some point, that’s just life. But there’s a difference between being the victim, and playing the victim, and if you’re playing the victim, you’re just playing yourself. Somebody…always…has it…worse. This is a fact. And they would kill to be in your shoes today, taking full advantage of all of your privilege and opportunity. Bad times are just as fleeting as the good times, but how you experience both is an exercise in perspective, just open your eyes.
-CPT Ryan
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