Dr. Jacqueline B. Sallade offers ideas for maintaining your mental health.
A group of friends meets monthly to discuss various topics. Today, we tried to discuss taking perspective, as in seeing things from a third world point of view. We could appreciated that all over the world and here, too, there are pleanty of people experiencing poverty, poor health, and other forms of deprivation. They have bad luck, no opportunity, and/or bad judgment preventing them from a richer life. However, some poor people are happily appreciating love, nature and other simple pleasures of living. What amazed me wasn't our acknowledgement of these facts but our inability to explore the pain in the world around us in depth. We kept gravitating to our own choices, our charitable contributions, and our political and economic ideas. It's not that we don't see what we have and what others don't. It's that it hurts too much to really FEEL the difference between the haves and the have nots.