“I’ve learned that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different.”

There’s a video going viral on the internet of a man signing the national anthem at a basketball game while he simultaneously paints at center court  As he continues to sign almost flawlessly, he proceeds to paint a picture of something unbeknown to the audience. Although it seems like he knows what he’s attempting to capture, to the naked eye it just looks like a bunch of random brush strokes.

At the end of the song, he finishes the line with “home of the braveeeeeeeeeee” while turning the painting around to reveal a beautiful image of the of the most influential scene from WWII (I don’t want to give it away so that you can watch the video).

It was at that moment I was quickly reminded of the power of perspective.

We hear about perspective all the time. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Half empty or half full. The optimist sees the donut; the pessimist sees the hole.

One individual could have taken that moment as pointless and disrespectful to the National Anthem while someone else could have seen it as an opportunity to see something special happening before their eyes. While the optimist would have felt extreme gratitude at the end of the performance, the pessimist would have been forced to change their perspective on what they saw happen.

In every situation in life, we will always be confronted with the decision of choosing the right perspective. This is a choice we will have to make every single day of our lives. For some people will always grumble that roses have thorns; while others are grateful that thorns have roses.

Valentines Day is coming up, which one will you choose.

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