Perspective is Everything!
It may not seem so given the last three months. I have to tell you: Lately, I have been letting the glass-half-empty mentality of what has been surrounding almost everyone get to me. As you can tell by my earlier blog posts, I am trying to stay positive as I wonder what the future holds. At times, I have wondered if we, as a world, are heading to a place with no hope. After all, the Covid-19 virus is one of many issues we have. Global warming, immigration issues, trade tariffs, and trampling of personal freedoms are constantly in the news. Add in the challenges of keeping a business alive, and I find myself getting overwhelmed at times.
Perspective is everything.
I was going through my draft blog posts, and an article by Steve Denning gave me pause, providing a bit of perspective. Steve went through a retrospective, taking a look at how things have changed over the course of recent history. When you take some time and read the article, you realize that we have come a long way. We have reduced poverty, people live longer, eliminated disease (polio and smallpox), and generally made people’s lives better. We have come a long way. Most of the folks who were alive 100 years ago would have struggled to imagine the world we currently live in, thinking science fiction was just that.
No doubt the challenges in front of us are immense. The population of the U.S. is divided on about every topic. Open or shelter-in-place, discrimination, sexual harassment, and hatred seem to be everywhere. Do you walk on eggshells around your friends to avoid getting into a fight?
To survive in this environment, you have to find hope. You have to believe that things will get better in the future. Believing that we will overcome the challenges and issues in front of us may seem like science fiction today, but without hope, what do we have? We have to continue to push forward, continuing to face the challenges head-on, fighting the good fights, knowing that things can get better. After all, isn’t that what got our species to this point?
If you want to check out Steve’s article, you can see it here.