We all know people who see life from the perspective that their glass is always half-full and not half-empty. Their perspective defaults to an upbeat way of looking at life. Are you drawn to people like this or do you see it as a “Pollyanna” approach that’s annoying and not realistic?
Your perspective will determine how joyful you are in life. You can choose to moan about reality or take the route Lloyd Christmas (Jim Carrey) did in the classic film, Dumb and Dumber. It’s up to you. We encourage you to watch this clip:
Reality is what you make it. It’s all a matter of perspective. There are the facts and then the story you put around the facts. Have you noticed how one event, such as an accident, a family get together, or a disagreement is rarely interpreted exactly the same by everyone?
Why is it that we consider upbeat and open-minded people as bizarre? Perhaps the way they look at the world doesn’t match our own perspective and we think they’re weird. Andrew Zimmern has created a show on the Travel channel called Bizarre Foods. The show is about exotic and new foods that we think are bizarre. Each show starts out with Andrew’s quote: “It happens suddenly, right in front of me. A fascinating friend, an amazing meal and before you know it you’re alive in a way you never imagined – I live for those moments. Pursuing the exotic and the unfamiliar, especially when it comes to the food. If it looks good, I eat it”! Andrew Zimmern Bizarre Foods, Travel Channel
If you watch the show, Mr. Zimmern appears to be having a joyful time. Every where he goes, people enjoy being around him. It’s so different that we tune in to see what bizarre culture or food he’ll try next. His approach is open, fun, and entertaining. Even though sometimes we can’t get ourselves to be this way, we live vicariously through Andrew. As he says, “Where ever you find crazy fun people, you’ll find crazy good food”. Wouldn’t you like to have dinner with that guy?
Another example can be seen in Disney’s movie, Enchanted. Giselle (Amy Adams) is a fairy tale princess who was sent to earth by the evil Queen Narissa. Giselle left her cartoon fairy tale existence and landed in the harsh world of contrast, New York City. She had never experienced the full range of emotions, what it’s like to be cold or how rain feels when it’s pouring on her skin. Giselle is fascinated with this world of feeling and her childlike approach attracts everyone she meets. In her cartoon world, everything always worked out for her. Life is filled with joy and possibility. For Giselle, love is romantic and to be celebrated with song and dance.
Giselle meets Robert Phillip (Patrick Dempsey), and he becomes her guide to the reality of life in this new world. Robert’s first marriage experience hurt him in a way that he still carries. To keep from hurting again, life becomes practical and rational for him. Living is a serious endeavor and he’s resigned to see life through these glasses in everything he does. There’s no room for playful expression and magic doesn’t exist. Robert tries to pass on these beliefs to his young daughter Morgan, but she’s skeptical and doesn’t buy into his teachings. He’s trying to protect his daughter and doesn’t want Morgan to feel the pain that he has felt. As Robert explains to Giselle, “I just want her to be strong, you know? To be able to face the world for what it is. That’s why I don’t encourage the fairy tales. I don’t want to set her up to believe that dreams come true”.” Giselle doesn’t see it that way and tells him,“But dreams do come true and maybe something wonderful will happen.”
Giselle becomes Robert’s guide to lightening up and not taking everything so seriously. Just like Morgan, she does not accept Robert’s beliefs that life has to always be practical.
Eventually Giselle rubs off on Robert. He starts sending his fiance flowers, with the help of Giselle’s doves. He buys tickets to the King’s Ball and even attends in full costume. A playful side of Robert is revealed. He allows himself to dance at the ball and realizes that life the way Giselle sees it is lighter and more fun. It’s at the ball that he recognizes the spark and magic of love again. His true love’s kiss happened to be Giselle after all.
Don’t we all want life to be more joyful as it plays out in Enchanted? Seek out the Andrew Zimmern and Giselle like people in your life. What makes them so joyful? How do they approach life? The more time you spend around people who have a lighter perspective, they’re bound to rub off on you. If nothing else, you’ll get some new ideas to try in your own life. Watch Enchanted and give a new perspective a try. See what happens. You might just feel lighter.
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