It’s funny how one little event can completely change your perspective. This happened to me recently in NYC. I had been in New York for over a month and I still hadn’t made it to Times Square during this particular trip. Wanting to feel more like a local than a tourist, I suppose I had been unconsciously avoiding the mayhem.
However, I was close by one day and wanted to feel the crazy energy of midtown. Of course there were thousands of people milling about and you had to strategically plan every step you took. At one point I was at a cross walk waiting for the light to change when this man backed up right into me!
I’m sure we’ve all experienced times when someone wasn’t looking where they were going and ran right into you. It’s so easy to get super irritated, and that’s exactly the reaction I had. I totally rolled my eyes and under my breath whispered “seriously?”
Then a split second later this bus was turning the corner and ended up coming up on part of the sidewalk – right where that man was standing! I soon realized if he hasn’t backed up into me in that moment he would have been taken out by that bus!
This moment in Times Square is when I started to really shift my perspective on how I view other people – whether it’s people I know or strangers on the street.
Watch this weeks video to learn how you can also move past the frustrating actions of others.
How to Change Your Perspective
It’s so easy to get frustrated with people for many reasons in life. I think it’s important to remember that for the most part people don’t mean to piss us off, and a lot of the time we don’t really know what’s going on for them in that moment.
Maybe they’re lost, maybe they’re confused, or maybe they’re about to get hit by a bus. I encourage you to have a bit more compassion and be a little bit more forgiving of others.
Try and shift your perspective and refrain from judgment because at the end of the day you really have no idea what that other person might be going through.
Whenever you feel yourself getting frustrated or annoyed, take a breath and remind yourself that you’re not seeing the bigger picture. There is usually a lot more going on than meets the eye. Being aware of this allows you to let things go which at the end of the day ultimately makes YOU feel better!
We have the ability to hold onto so much negative energy and emotion that drains us unnecessarily. It’s crazy how a simple mind shift can really save your sanity!
If you enjoyed this video make sure to also check out How to Deal With Annoying People.
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