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Journaling Prompts

Mindset: Does the attitude or frame of mind with which you begin something make a difference in the outcome? If your mindset doesn’t impact an outcome directly, does it make a difference in how you handle success or disappointment? How do you (or how could you) create a mindset of receptivity and openness to whatever will come?

Frame of Reference: How do you measure whether something is good or bad news? Have you had the experience of something good occurring after something difficult which changed your perspective on the relative importance of the bad, or good thing? What knowledge have you gained during your life that has dramatically shifted your frame of reference for what you can handle or tolerate…what is acceptable to you?

Broad View: How easily are you able to step back from whatever is going on in your life and take a long term broad view, the ‘5000 foot view’ if you will? What impacts your ability in different situations to be able to take the long view? Have you asked yourself, “in five, ten, twenty years, will this have mattered’? How often do you get stuck in your story of how things ought to be, or how you thought they should be? How do you ‘gain perspective’?

Point of View/Slant: Do you have a unique or personal slant on things that impacts how you perceive the world and your life? How did you develop that specific point of view? Does it differ from your family’s or community’s? How do you manage when others suggest a different point of view? Are you open to changing yours? Are there some areas in life where you have never, and would never, change your POV?

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Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.

Marcus Aurelius

Perspective gives us the ability to accurately contrast the large with the small, and the important with the less important. Without it we are lost in a world where all ideas, news, and information look the same. We cannot differentiate, we cannot prioritize, and we cannot make good choices.

John Sununu

When you wake up every day, you have two choices. You can either be positive or negative; an optimist or a pessimist. I choose to be an optimist. It's all a matter of perspective.

Harvey Mackay

The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don't have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.

Chris Pine

I like to turn things upside down, to watch pictures and situations from another perspective.

Ursus Wehrli

It's amazing how, over time, a person's perspective can be altered.

Fred Durst

Humor is perhaps a sense of intellectual perspective: an awareness that some things are really important, others not; and that the two kinds are most oddly jumbled in everyday affairs.

Christopher Morley

If one tries to think about history, it seems to me - it's like looking at a range of mountains. And the first time you see them, they look one way. But then time changes, the pattern of light shifts. Maybe you've moved slightly, your perspective has changed. The mountains are the same, but they look very different.

Robert Harris

I believe everyone should have a broad picture of how the universe operates and our place in it. It is a basic human desire. And it also puts our worries in perspective.

Stephen Hawking

Understanding your employee's perspective can go a long way towards increasing productivity and happiness.

Kathryn Minshew

Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective, and maybe objectivity.

Robert Morgan

Being able to laugh at a situation can help you hang on to your perspective. And there's an intimacy in laughter that nothing else can come close to.

Eric Mabius

I don't know about changing my perspective, because motherhood is such a glorious blessing and I am very thankful for that. It's such a beautiful experience. I so strongly recommend it. It's bliss, love and fulfillment of another level.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

As we abide in sleep, intuitively resonating with the sum of all our experiences - this life and beyond - we gain refreshing perspective on our efforts and have an opportunity to remember what we know.

Henry Reed

I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for let the form of an object be what it may, - light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.

John Constable

Imaginative empathy is one of the great gifts that humans have, and it means that we can live more than one life. We can picture what it would be like from another perspective.

Dan Chaon

Faith gives you an inner strength and a sense of balance and perspective in life.

Gregory Peck

There's an easygoing nature that comes with a perspective of things that aren't as important as we make them sometimes.

Marguerite Moreau

When you do find humor in trying times, one of the first and most important changes you experience is that you see your perplexing problems in a new way - you suddenly have a new perspective on them.

Allen Klein



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