Perspective…what does that mean to you? Is the glass half full or half empty? Every moment of every day, I have the opportunity to choose how to react to what comes my way. I have stored away numerous quotes in the crevices of my mind to remind me of this very thing. One of my favorite…. I can’t control the actions of others, but I can control how I react to the actions of others.
It’s Christmastime…what better time to reflect on my perspective of life around me. I can choose to be wrapped up in the commercial aspect of Christmas, or I can choose to not allow the stress of excessive gift buying to overwhelm me and then send the message of commercialism to my children. I can pout inside when I see those around me indulging in Christmas goodies that I can not.
Instead, I can appreciate the things I am still able to enjoy. Like yesterday at work, a kind and thoughtful, also gluten-free, co-worker brought me a gluten-free Christmas cookie she had baked over the weekend. Living with food allergies and intolerances is a pain. It’s a pain to go out to eat. It’s a pain to go to a potluck whether it be at church or work. When I started my new job, it was a pain to explain to everyone why I couldn’t eat something they offered to me. Yes, those things are all a pain. Yet, if I choose to look at it with another perspective, I see things through different eyes…
I have learned a healthier eating lifestyle. I have witnessed the genuine love and concern of my husband and children as I went through my long ordeal and resulting food issues. I have met a friend through my nutritionist. I have grown closer to God by learning to trust Him deeper. I have been drawn back to writing and was also inspired to go back to school to get my Master’s degree. The entire experience allowed me to pause and examine my life.
Ahh…perspective. I believe God wants me to look at things through a Heavenly perspective and not an earthly perspective. Not always an easy thing to do, but I hold to this verse: And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
And now, a little visual of perspective:
Are these over-ripened bananas or the perfect breakfast?
My favorite Paleo Banana Breakfast Bar to Go:
2 very ripe bananas
1/2 cup nut butter
1/3 cup coconut flour, sifted
1/4 cup almond milk
Chocolate chips (optional but good!)
Mix together in a food processor until smooth.
Pour into a greased 8×8 glass baking dish and bake for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Allow to cool and cut into about 4 bars. Breakfast to go!