I recently saw one of my personal heroes, one I try to emulate, Tony Robbins. During his presentation he referenced perspective. As he discussed perspective he reminded us that our worst day is always able to be considered the dream day of someone else. I was pretty proud when I heard this because I am often talking about perspective to my clients and even have an entire set of modules that I present to corporate management, leadership and even diversity programs. Tony was discussing the concept broadly but I want to share with you a specific reference that has lifelong impact to those who hear it
A friend of mine has a sister, we’ll say her name is Beverly. Beverly enjoys her work and seldom takes time off and claims even fewer sick-days. Beverly understands Mission and Purpose and takes her position with the Federal Government very seriously and is very good at what she does. But this particular week was difficult, she’d had plans for the previous weekend that she’d been looking forward to for weeks. But she’d missed out on the weekend plans because she came down with the flu. And on top of having a lousy weekend in bed, she’d missed work yesterday as well.
But Beverly decided she was going into work no matter what, on the next day – 3 days in bed was enough to drive her crazy; but to miss two days in a row of work – never. Monday was bad enough but she wasn’t going to miss Tuesday also. She got dressed and began to feel worse as each moment passed and after actually getting into her car to drive to work, she just decided that she needed another day. She proceeded to go back into the house and back in bed; all the while cursing her health, her circumstances and God for giving her the pain and illness. Her perspective was clear and her outlook was poor.
Less than 3 hours later, as Beverly was lying in bed and watching television her life literally was altered and she would never again be the same. You see, this particular morning was 9 1/2 years ago; September 11, 2001. And Beverly watched in disbelief as she watched with the world as the world changed; but Beverly’s perspective about her sickness instantly changed because you see, her government job was at the Pentagon and as she watched with the world, she watched a hole in the World’s Largest Office Building. Her office was obliterated by the crash and explosion.
To this day she has never complained again about ever being ill.
When things are tough, think of Beverly. When the world seems too much to bear, think of Beverly. Live, learn, explore, discover and be the best human you can be – and think of Beverly.
– David A. Jones