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February 12, 2012

A week ago I noticed that there was a open spot in the family room where the Christmas tree had been. I’m not sure what was there before, I don’t remember.  It seemed weird to me that I had never really, or at least I didn’t remember, having been in that spot. I backed my chair into it, and with my back to the wall, looked back at the family room.

The same, and yet different. It’s the same room, but from an unfamiliar perspective. Twelve years I have lived in this house, and I can’t remember seeing it from this angle.

It reminded me of the time my van had been in the shop and I decided to drive my chair home. I was working downtown at the time. Driving home in my van took me along Riverside drive every single day. I swore I knew every single inch of that drive. Every house, every tree, every landmark. Such a beautiful drive had become routine and often boring.

Driving my chair home along the same route was a surprising experience.  I remember thinking “Wow, that house has a beautiful garden, how did I not notice that before?” and “Hey look at THAT house, I never noticed it before hidden amongst those trees”.  The entire ride home was filled with new discoveries, and the only difference was that I was moving more slowly and sitting a little closer to the ground.

In late November,  I was blessed to find a good job in a great company. There are aspects of it that are worse than my last job. There are many aspects of it that are much better. I truly enjoy what I do now, and I enjoy the contact with customers, which was not an element of my last position. I know I am incredibly lucky to have found something when so many are looking without success.

The experience of being unemployed for almost two years, and being very close to having no income at all, has given me perspective. It’s so much easier to accept even the most negative aspects of this new position, and my appreciation for the positives, which are many, is so much deeper.

This will fade over time I’m sure. Routine will creep in. I’m already wishing there were an alternative route to work. But the experience with the open spot in my own home has reminded me to keep looking for that different perspective. To not be fooled into believing things are the way they are and that’s just the way they are. There’s always a new way to look at it,  I just have to get myself to that spot.

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  1. February 12, 2012 5:05 pm

    It’s great to see a post here from you! Perspective is, I’m thinking, a key to so much in life, and just a small shift can yield major differences in what we see; what a great story to illustrate this. Blessings, peace, love, xoO

    • abitibisouth permalink*
      February 12, 2012 5:46 pm

      Olivia, so great to hear from you too! It IS the key in so many ways. So easy to forget that however isn’t it?

  2. February 12, 2012 8:03 pm

    this is such a beautiful post Syl.
    I will be way more aware now of everything I do and see.
    I will be looking for that other “view”.
    Thanks for sharing.

    As I hover past the normal age of
    and close to retirement
    I find myself hanging on tight
    to the job I have
    not wanting to let go of that
    fairly assured income
    (being self employed and dependent on client referrals
    it fluxuates monthly)
    but it’s been true to me over the past 21 years
    By years end I’ve made pretty much the same given
    the time I put into it to the year before.
    I put in less time now so I make less…
    But it still pays the bills.

    I wonder what the perspective will be
    whence I finally decide to let it go
    and trust my investments/stock market/
    social security
    to be enough?

    We already talk of giving up one car
    tightening our belts in other ways
    not “going” as much
    being home bodies

    A different view

    I hope we like it when the time comes.
    I am ever hopeful and positive
    as I believe we will create what we want it to be.

    Hope so.

  3. February 13, 2012 8:48 am

    I am so happy to see a post here!! 🙂 And new perspectives are always interesting to discover – it’s all relative, isn’t it?

  4. Kitty permalink
    February 13, 2012 11:48 pm

    Sylvain fan!

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