If you've ever stood on a mountaintop or flown in a plane, you know how different the world appears when you're looking down on it from a great height. Things that seem so large when we're on the ground, look so small from that perspective.
From outer space, the world looks smooth and the tallest mountains are insignificant. In fact, I've read that if the earth were reduced to the size of an orange, it would feel completely smooth. It doesn't seem that this could be possible when you're standing at the base of a tall mountain, but it's true. Perspective changes everything.
God says in Isaiah 58:8-9, "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."
Julia Gold expressed this in the song, From a Distance, which was made famous by Bette Middler.
From a distance, there is harmony
And it echoes through the land
It's the voice of hope, it's the voice of peace
It's the voice of every man
Often we get bogged down in the details of things and fail to see the big picture. This often makes us feel overwhelmed, stressed, irritable or depressed, but, if we can learn to gain perspective, these problems often become insignificant and we begin to really understand what is important and what is not.
Join me in this month's Holistic Perspective as I discuss the theme of my new bi-monthly broadcast, The Higher Perspective. I'll talk about how we can lift our mind out of the day to day problems and see life from the mountaintop, not the valley.