My wife and I got a new cat 2 weeks ago. We named him Chewy. The 1st week was rough! Chewy had a traumatic introduction to our house and also destroyed a piece of furniture via bodily functions. I was extremely frustrated. All I could see was a future of destroyed furniture and a cat that didn’t like being in our home.
In an effort to start over, we moved Chewy into the spare bathroom with his food, water, litter box, bedding, and toys. We also spent time in there with him every day and re-started the slow process of building trust.
Since being in his own space, and coupled with our consistent effort, Chewy has become very comfortable and affectionate with us. He is adapting well and is a totally different cat than he was a week ago.
This experience reminded me of other times when I have been in frustrating situations, or ones that were not what I was expecting. In those moments, it can be hard to see past the present situation and into a brighter future. However, I think being able to have a long-term perspective while in the middle of a bad situation is crucial. Keeping a longer-term perspective helps us stay motivated to take the necessary actions today that will lead us to the brighter future we envision.
As we all know, not every difficult situation is rectified with a week. Some situations require a longer timeframe. Others require much longer timeframe. But nothing happens, nothing changes our situation, when we fail to take the necessary action to move us forward.
Today’s frustration can be distracting and, if we lack a long-term perspective, that frustration can keep us from doing the work required to pave the path to our better future. That’s why it’s so important to see beyond our current situation. For it is multiple days of consistent effort in the right direction that will one day cause us to look back and say, “Wow! What a difference a <insert timeframe> makes!”