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The Shawnee News-Star
  • A matter of perspective

  • I’m sure that many out there would easily say that there are not many things worse than packing up your things and moving, especially in this summer heat. I beg to differ.
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  • I’m sure that many out there would easily say that there are not many things worse than packing up your things and moving, especially in this summer heat. I beg to differ.
    One of my favorite things is change and what bigger type of change is there than literally having a different house to wake up and come home to?
    Something in the air seems different. It makes me wonder what it will be like to wake up the next day. What will I find that’s new?
    I’ve found that physically changing your setting can be almost, if not equal to, the power of changing your thinking. It’s a matter of perspective.
    I recently heard an insightful speech given by a great modern day “thinker” and writer, David Foster Wallace. He talked about this matter of perspective, among other inspiring topics. He talks about ways in which we learn how to think. One of those is having the ability to control what and how you think. For some it’s moving to a new house. For others it could be worship and religious relations. Some even use substances to maintain control.
    Finding ways to control ourselves and our thoughts is hard. Sometimes it seems we all have this “person” inside of us that just won’t allow it. But more often, you might notice that it’s those that are around us, whether personal or professional, that act as those heavy weights that just won’t let us drift to better waters.
    Sometimes you can move across town and smell different flowers, but everyone else still lives in that same old house they have had for what seems like forever.
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    James Bridges is the advertising director for the Shawnee News-Star.

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