Thoughts from the Trail

noun \pər-ˈspek-tiv\

:  an optical glass (as a telescope)

i.e. The lens through which we look at life.


a :  the technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically :  representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distance
b:  a picture in perspective
a:  the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed <places the issues in proper perspective>; also:  point of view
b:  the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance <trying to maintain my perspective>
a:  a visible scene; especially:  one giving a distinctive impression of distance :  vista
b:  a mental view or prospect <to gain a broader perspective on the international scene — Current Biography>
:  the appearance to the eye of objects in respect to their relative distance and positions

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of challenging myself to an eight-mile run as part of my training for the Philly Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon that I will be doing at the end of September.  I cannot deny that facing the longer distance runs causes me some anxiety just prior to getting started.

sports-medicineHowever, over the course of my training thus far, I have gained an even greater insight into “perspective” and how it affects our mindset.

I noted to myself several times during my run (as I peered further down the path at the endless run ahead) the more anxious I became as I ran. Conversely, when I was able to focus my attention on the path that lay immediately below my feet, I was able to control the anguish.

I realized that this was an analogy to life’s experiences as well.

We all have fears and anxieties on a daily basis.  Although it is incredibly important to keep our long term goals in mind, taking one step at a time and keeping our attention focused on the immediate steps ahead helps keep our negative emotions in control.

Remember, your perspective is a conditioned response ─ one that can be changed with a certain amount of insight.  In the process of just recognizing negative emotions for what they are, you have taken the first step in changing your perspective.

Have a great day!  Live happy, healthy and wisely.

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t–you’re right.”

Henry Ford