Perspective

In my last post about religion I stated that a Proclaimers UK YouTube video made me notice some things about religion. I had realised why people pray. Another thing the video pointed out is that perspective is so important in life.

The speaker in the video was talking about doing things bit by bit, being proud of progress which will enable someone to initiate change. The guy quoted the book of Genesis from the start of the Bible. The gist of the story is that every day God made something different over seven days and each day, looked at it, then praised it.

We don’t give ourselves enough praise for progress. We set a distant goal but want immediate gratification and satisfaction. If we don’t get what we want we often give up because we see a lost cause. Nobody has the power to create a planet in a week, the man in the video even said a day could be symbolic of an era of God so maybe even he can’t, or at least doesn’t want to. Good things come to those who wait.

Once again I have found value in religion that doesn’t stem from faith in a deity but from the interpretation of a story. The perspective that you use to view a story to gain an idea is as important as how you view yourself or a task.

Anything you do, look at in the best possible way because if you really want the light at the end of the tunnel it will be there.

Anything you read, see or hear should be viewed with understanding of how it is presented but your own perspective should be put into how you view it as there may be something interesting in the dullest of things.

One of my favourite movies is Monty Python’s Life Of Brian which poked fun at the Jesus story. The film wasn’t cruel or critical about Jesus, it just suggested that there may be another Messiah walking around at the same time. Brian didn’t want followers like Jesus did, once a crowd had gathered to see the Messiah he told them to think for themselves rather than doing what everyone else did and when he was crucified the man on the next cross said “Cheer up, you old bugger. Come on. Give us a grin. There you are. See?” It was just a matter of how you look at things.

It doesn’t matter if you’re religious or not, think for yourself and remain positive.

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