Tuesday, July 15, 2014
A 10 hour road trip this past week, gave me plenty of time to think, and my husband and I
plenty of time to talk. One of the subjects that we spent time on, was the word "perspective".
I must admit, it is not a word we have spent time on in the past, but it is a word that seems
relevant now. In many conversations over the last few weeks, with different groups of friends,
we are realizing more than ever, the one most interesting aspect of our conversations, is the
perspective of those who share in the conversations.
I looked up the word "perspective", and here is what I found; "Perspective is the way one looks
"An example of perspective is the farmer's opinion about a lack of rain."
"A specific point of view in understanding or judging things or events, esp. one that shows
them in their true relations to one another."
~"Interesting perspective, isn't it?"
~"By the time they reached the barn, she had a different perspective of the entire situation."
~"When he spoke, his perspective surprised her."
Definitions from ...yourdictionary.com
My husband and I were discussing how so often, when one sits and converses with others,
the perspective we once held about them, changes after a few hours of talking with them,
and listening to them. So often, we tend to carry opinions of others with us, without ever
taking the time to sit and have them share life from their perspective. What a difference
it can make when that time is taken, and hearts are open to share. I am afraid we too often
draw conclusions about other's actions, without ever taking the time to hear their perspective.
For us, we are learning the true importance of that action.
A good example of the word perspective would be the way these two, in our
care this week, viewed the rain falling outside, when they wanted to visit the play-
ground, but my perspective was, thanking God that I did not have to water all my flowers
again that day. They wondered if it would be raining every day they were here?
How about you? Did you ever take time to think about the word "perspective"? Have you
found that listening to others share their perspective on whatever, can change your opinion
about them and the reason they may do the things they do? Perhaps "asking and listening"
would be the key words here. When was the last time someone sincerely asked you,
what your perspective was on something?
Thank you for stopping by on this hot, summer morning.