When I was going through my divorce, I lost all perspective of the world outside of my world.
In hindsight, I do not blame myself for my lack of perspective. I realize that my pain, my despair, blinded me to others in need.
I was wounded… worn… unable to focus past my own obsession and see, so to speak, “The forest beyond the trees.”
But now I have learned from my experience and I choose to behave differently in the present. And today, I was reminded of the forest.
Reminded that there are many people in this world suffering their own terrible setbacks and losses and that I need to focus on the bigger picture when I find myself locked into thinking that it is “all about me” and my own despair.
When I feel overcome by the pain of my own life, if I can find it in my heart to be there for someone else who is also in pain, I lighten my own burden through the gift of compassion.
It can be so difficult to step back from my own emotional crisis but if I begin a daily practice of giving to others, I will soon regain my perspective and see the forest once again through the trees.
“Dear God, help me to see things from a higher perspective. Help me to have faith in your plan and to be compassionate other people’s needs.”