Approaching life from a new angle
So today I wanted to talk about our angle on life and ways that it hinders/helps us in our every day life.
“You can’t keep approaching life from the same angle if you’re looking for a different outcome…” -Amy Lopez-
We’ve all seen photographers that get the most gorgeous captures by simply taking the photo from a different angle. They seem to know that if they just change the smallest thing, perhaps bending down on one knee, moving behind a tree, getting up on a ledge, etc. makes the difference between a humdrum photo and one that captures the heart and mind of the viewer. So how can we implement this same strategy into our every day life?
What’s your morning angle….
I’ve found that my thoughts first thing in the morning tend to lay the ground work for the day. If I wake up with an angle (feeling) on life that is tired, uninterested, or depressing, that tends to be my pattern for the entire day. I think we can compare angle to feelings and not our emotional state. You see if my emotional state is generally joyful and peaceful but I have occasional feelings of depression, unhappiness, just a general un-interest in life that is okay, it’s normal, everyone has these feelings occasionally, everyone has experienced this angle on life. But if our emotional state is balanced then we learn to move past those feelings, (change our angle.)
So how do we change our angle….
I wish I could say it’s as easy as the photographer getting down on one knee or moving to a spot with better lighting, but unfortunately it takes a little more work. To change your angle (feelings) you’ll need to ask yourself a few things: Why am I feeling this way? What has happened or caused me to have this angle on life today? Examine it, be quiet with your thoughts, then tell yourself what you need to say to change this angle.
Here’s an example of my own: I woke up two days ago feeling just distraught. I had been on such a high for the past week, things had been almost perfect with my relationships, work was going awesome, I was eating great, etc. But this morning I just couldn’t shake it, I felt like a black cloud was over me. I barely spoke to anyone, except for simple yes, no, maybe answers. I didn’t read, I didn’t do yoga, I basically scrolled through social media for hours, mindless. I tried to play it off and smile throughout the whole day, but several people noticed and questioned what was wrong. By noon, I had had enough of myself. I sat in a quiet place on my back porch and said, “Amy, what is it? Why has your angle on life changed so drastically today?” When I pondered this question I realized, number one, It was actually the time in my cycle where my emotions always run high. So I forgave myself for not remembering that, and just moving past it. Number two, I realized that a conversation the previous day with a lawyer about a business venture had gone very badly for me. Instead of accepting it, I had let it change my feelings on life, I let it move me to a new angle that was too dark, the picture was not going to turn out. You’d be surprised on how just realizing what is causing you to feel a certain way can open you up to how you can change your angle. I decided that my life was still the same beautiful life I had the day before, that I had simply let one little thing ruin my morning. I accepted that there was nothing I could do to change the way things turned out with the lawyer, I let my ego go on that one, haha. And I sat and told myself how many things I was blessed with (changed my angle.)
I think when you come to the realization that your angle (feelings) are fleeting and you can change them so easily, it makes life much more pleasant. Keep your emotional state separate from your feelings, they aren’t the same thing. As long as I am seeking a joyful peaceful, kind life, than an occasional feeling of anything other than that is simply that, an occasional feeling.
Cause I’m not there yet, but perhaps…..Soon Enuff
Love & Peace
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