I was out and about last week. It was a beautiful day. As I approached a street corner, I watched an older gentleman in a manual wheelchair struggle to push himself across a street – which had a series of very bumpy streetcar tracks. I could sense his struggle and empathize. I know how much energy it takes to push across those tracks. I could see the strain on his face. I immediately felt a sense of overwhelming compassion.
When he reached the sidewalk on the other side, he wore an expression of fatigue and relief.
I only had a brief second to connect with him, so I said, “You’ve got some serious muscles, there!” His face brightened and he smiled widely, “Thanks” was all he said.
It was a brief and meaningful encounter. It changed both of our perspectives instantly – from struggle to strength.
It leaves me with the question: How different can life become if we simply change our perspective?
Let me know what you think!