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Perspective

Too many times in life we are so quick to complain, even if it’s the smallest of things. As a flight attendant, I see so many passengers upset over a TV not working; they didn’t get their drinks fast enough; we ran out of the snack or meal choice they wanted. Not only does complaining come from the customers, but I see it stem from the crew as well. The previous crew did not restock the carts. We have to wait 15 minutes for our van to pick us up and take us to our hotel. The beds aren’t comfortable enough. The water pressure to take a shower was subpar. I’m not saying that people in aviation are the only ones that complain. We see it everywhere in our daily activities. In these situations, there is something in common. No, it’s not that we all complain about simple things, but in these moments we all fail to see perspective.

Perspective – a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.

The part I want to address from the definition of perspective is the latter – a point of view.

We only see one point of view when we’re upset; when something doesn’t go the way we want it to, when something doesn’t work out in our favor. We don’t take the time to see the positives in something. If you stopped to think for a second, the amount of time we spend complaining could be the same amount of time we allot to look at things from a different perspective. What I mean is, that every negative has a positive right? Per examples as flight crew what if we took the things we complained about, and looked at the counter parts instead such as:

  • We have to wait 15-20 minutes for the van to pick us up – but you have a free ride to and from your hotel
  • This bed is uncomfortable – but you have somewhere to sleep, to lay your head down and rest.
  • The water pressure sucks – but you have running water and hot water at that to take a shower and bathe
  • The view from my hotel window is awful – but you have a hotel room, a shelter, to keep you safe
  • The staff at the front desk was rude – but it’s a reminder for YOU to be kind to others
  • The food isn’t great at this hotel – it may not be the best, but you get to have a meal to eat
  • I have to fly to Newark again – at least you have the ability to go places
  • I don’t get paid enough – but at least you have a job

I could go on and on. My point is, in the midst of what is going on in the world especially the War on Ukraine, we have to remember the things we take for granted when so many people are losing those simple things. They don’t have a bed, a shelter. They lost their home. They don’t have a place to shower. They are left without food or water. They weren’t asked to leave their country, they were forced to leave for their own safety. Some people have no where to go. Others have lost everything they have and everything they have known.

These simple things almost seem like luxuries to us, when you take the time to change your perspective. Instead of utilizing your time complaining about the next small thing, that is so mundane in the big picture, I encourage you to take a second of that time, ONE second, to flip the switch in your head. Start looking at the silver lining, the positive aspects of a situation. I promise you, you can always find it. We can’t always change the circumstances, but we can change our perspective. And every change starts with a decision. I’ll leave you with this quote

The moment you decide to change your perception will be the same moment you start to spark little changes in your reality

Marcus Aurelius

March 10, 2022

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