Alter Your Perspective,
''Man does not simply exist but always decides what his existence will be, what he will become the next moment. By the same token, every human being has the freedom to change at any instant.'' - Victor Frankl (Holiday., page 36). Victor was right. Man makes meaning every moment. Everything that is happening we make our conclusions out of it. Such assumptions can serve us or destroy us. But it is human nature to assume the worst and suffer from preventable situations. Our minds often go to the worst out of fear and survivalism. Many of us are making decisions and living from a state of survival.
''Context: a sense of the larger picture of the world, not just what is immediately in front of us. Framing: an individual's unique way of looking at the world, a way that interprets its events. '' (Holiday., page 38). Events, circumstances and human behaviour are often filtered through the lens of traumas, cultural conditioning, past bad experiences and unhealthy attitudes. We often see the situation as a reflection of our worth and not as a result of human behaviour that has been occurring since the beginning of the human race. We take mundane situations and dramatized them through the lens mentioned above.
Many things good and bad will occur in 2020 but it will be our perspective that will run the show. This year can be a year of triumph or suffering based on how we react to our situations that are on their way. If we can accept that we are not special and that life will happen anyway and we can remain calm and cool in whatever occurs we could conquer ourselves and trump our survival instincts that are fuelled by fear of the unknown. Let us become friends with the unknown. Accepting whatever the unknown brings us is what we are meant to be experienced and act accordingly.
Nyabuoy Gatbel is a South Sudanese Canadian currently living in Calgary, AB. She was born in Ethiopia in 1993 and moved to Canada as a refugee in 2002. She's currently a undergraduate student at the University of Calgary. Besides her studies she's a social entreprenuer focusing on the, ''Paarman Centre project,'' a fashion model, writer and author of the book, ''The Fire Within poetry in Thok Nath and English.''