OH! Magazine - Australian Version June 2015 - Page 13
PERSPECTIVE IS A KEY
( Emotional Fitness )
Heidi Di Santo explains the importance of perspective and attitude for happiness.
DO YOU SEE A
FLOWER OR A WEED?
hat do you see when you look at
the above photo – a flower or a
weed? The reason I ask is because you
can improve your life immediately by
using the following tip.
Last new year’s eve, when our family was
on holiday in Queensland, my husband
came down with the flu and went to bed at
8pm. The unit where we were staying at
got flooded when a flash storm passed by.
A family member lost control of his bowels
and we needed to clean up the mess. I
also got eaten alive by mosquitoes when I
went to sleep. Despite all this, I can
honestly say that I had a fantastic New
Our family had a lovely meal together, we
watched the early fireworks and a feel
good movie, we went for a moonlight swim
and we celebrated the new year with
Prosecco at midnight.
At every moment, millions of things are
going on and in order to survive this
information overload, humans delete
much of what’s happening and focus on
only a handful of things at any one time.
If you want greater happiness in your life,
it’s important to realise that you are in
control of what you focus on and what you
delete. This is where your power lies.
It’s not the external situation that causes
happiness or sadness, it is how you
interpret what’s going on. You can look at
a situation and focus on all the negative
aspects, or you can look for the glimmers
of light. You have the power to delete
more negatives and keep more positives.
As an experiment, look at something that
has happened to you recently which you
judged as negative, and analyse how you
can change your thinking to make the
experience more positive. Then, moving
forwards, become conscious of your
negative reactions and start to become
aware of the thoughts that precede this.
From now on, you have a choice. You can
look at life and create drama by focusing
on all that is bad and wrong. The other
alternative is you can look for what’s right
and create peace and harmony. There is
always a silver lining in every raincloud.
Remember, what you focus on grows and
you’re in control of that!
( OH! MAGAZINE ) JUNE 2015