3 November 2014
I remember reading an interview with Roger Moore, in which he quoted one of his mother’s maxims: “I cried when I had no shoes, until I met a man who had no feet.”
He explained that this saying in particular stayed with him all his life as a reminder to be kind to others without expecting something in return. It’s a good point and one that we’re all guilty of forgetting sometimes. Instead of asking ourselves what we can get from a given situation, we should try to focus more on what we can provide to others, be it moral support, advice, the right tools or even funding.
To me, Roger’s quote is a reminder to keep things in perspective. I’ve been trying to teach my daughters about this recently, as it’s a great skill to be able to put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see life the way they see it. Even a tree in your garden can look completely different depending on where you stand.
No matter what challenges life throws at you, it’s always worthwhile taking a minute to just breathe, to step back and to assess your reaction. Are things really bad enough to be making you feel despair or despondence? Are there people in worse positions responding to their own challenges in a better way than you?
Whilst it might not solve the problem, I think every situation can be made easier by a change in perspective.