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The definition of perspective: one's point of view, the choice of a context for opinions, beliefs, and experiences. All of your opinions, beliefs, and experiences are influenced and determined by your perspective. So, what is your perspective? How are you choosing to see your life, the people and circumstances around you, and how are you choosing to see the world? Is the glass half full or half empty? Ultimately you are the one who decides; not the world, not your spouse, not your parents or siblings, and not even your friends. It is you who are the captain of your ship even if you decide to follow someone else's course. The buck stops with you and there is no amount of finger pointing that will change that. Now that I have been blunt, can you see how much power and control you really have in your life? You may not control the actions of others or how that may affect your life but you sure control what you will do about it. You decide through your perspective if life is full of joy or misery. The key word in the definition of perspective is "choice" because ultimately that is what it all boils down to, choice. You choose each and every day what kind of an attitude you will have. You choose what kind of life you will live. You choose your actions and reactions to all people and situations around you. It is in this powerful gift you have been given that gives you the opportunity to be the master of your life. It is this that gives you the ability to create a life worth living. This is what gives you control and makes you powerful, if you choose. So the next time you get out of bed before your feet touch the floor, decide, "What is my perspective today?" I promise you this will make all the difference in the world. But don't take my word for it, try it for yourself and see what the difference is like.

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