WHEN IS LATITUDE POSITIVE? LATITUDE IS USED TO PINPOINT DISTANCE OR THE AREA NORTH OR SOUTH OF THE EQUATOR PINPOINTING A LOCATION. HOWEVER, LATITUDE ALSO MEANS GIVING OURSELVES OR OTHERS FLEXIBILITY WHEN WE’VE MADE A MISTAKE. LATITUDE IS ALSO ABOUT having flexibility in life.
Have you ever dealt with someone who has little or no latitude with expectations? Having expectations of ourselves and others, often leads often to disappointment when we set the bar too high. Sometimes the measuring bar is extreme when someone is not capable of bending or going with the flow. Instead of feeling like we have an equal relationship with this person, we feel we are trying to please them and almost always eventually will disappoint them. I have always prided myself having “latitude” with others. What happens when we have no latitude or room when evaluating ourself? Without any flexibility or grace with ourselves, we begin to set the expectation bar too high. We are human beings who need latitude to some degree. We need to understand this for ourselves and others. Latitude is vital in getting along with ourself and others and understanding that we occasionally will fail.
When we see someone who has it all or appears to have it all we watch in amazement as they appear to be juggling many balls in the air, and are usually quite successful doing this. However, when this personality type, (usually Type A), does fail, they are the first to beat themselves up. They allow for zero “latitude”. Not only is this personality type rigid with themself and goals they set, they have preconceived expectations in relationships with others. These individuals end up disappointed in themselves or us eventually. When a person has no latitude, life begins to seem more like running a constant race always expecting to be first at the finish line. Let us take a look at the definition of latitude in the Webster Dictionary and daily wisdom word definition.
Webster Definition of latitude-1. the angular distance of a place north or south of the earth’s equator. 2. Scope for freedom or action or thought.
Daily Wisdom Word Definition-The room or space we allow when determining flexibility with ourself and others and our thoughts.
Not exercising latitude with oneself, can be inhibiting. Having and setting goals is extremely important. Allowing ourself a break when we do fall down is healthy as long as we are giving what we are trying to achieve 100 percent. It is human nature not to achieve perfection. The very nature of what makes us human is we make mistakes. Beating ourself up when we have given what it is so important to achieve, and not reaching the bar eventually causes us to make more mistakes. You see this with competition in football, with olympic ices skating or any competitive sport. These individuals are the first to tell you there is ZERO room for latitude. Latitude means failure or a costly mistake to them. If you ever really look at these individuals, many are not happy internally with themselves no matter what they achieve.
Thanks so much for reading about latitude today. I hope this article makes you think. Are you too hard on yourself and others or do you allow room for flexibility and mistakes?
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