I realize that often it is difficult to be optimistic about our future, when nothing seems to go right. This can be discouraging, demotivating, and just plain boring, especially when we expect only positive outcome in everything that we do, what is being done by others, and in general, everything that is taking place around us every day. We often ask ourselves – “Why me?” “Why do I have to face difficulties and challenges that I am facing today?” But what we fail to ask ourselves is what other people around the world are going through, what problems and challenges that they are facing. We only see our side of the story, and completely fail to look at the world as a whole. Our situation, that we are considering as tough, may be what other people were only hope that they were dealing with, if only they can break though the problems that they are facing right now. Perhaps, we are complaining that we do not have enough money to take our own family on a vacation, or buy a piece of furniture for our home, when another family somewhere else in the world simply wants to have a hot meal, or to have roof over their heads to stay warm. I feel that we often forget to think about others, and about what someone else may be going through, because, we are only focused on what is happening immediately around us.
So, how can we possibly be optimistic and create a positive change in our own life and the world outside of our own bubble, unless we are willing and ready to look past our own problems and make an effort to help other people who may be dealing with much tougher situations then we ever did? We can’t. In order to create a positive change, in order to charge ourselves and others with optimism, we must work together and look at the world around us from a global point of view, stepping outside of our own little bubble. Only then we can begin to notice a positive change, not only in our own life, but also in the lives of others. One example that I can think of when it comes to a limited world view and consideration, is when someone presents in the meeting, utilizing a PowerPoint presentation filled with data points and graphs, and completely missing to tell the story from a big picture point of view. Doing so, presenter quickly looses audience and their attention, because, they are unable to connect all data points to create an all-encompassing story and ideas that they are expected to walk away with at the end of the meeting. Similarly, when we only focus on busy noise and what’s happening immediately around us, instead of looking at things globally, we miss a big picture which often leads to confusion, frustration, and limits our ability to find effective solutions, not just to our own concerns and problems, but to problems of others who may be dealing with similar situations as we are. Therefore, I hope that we as individuals do our best and look at the world around us from a global point of view vs what we see immediately in front of our noses, and help each other to deal with tough situations that we often face on this wonderful world what we live in.
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