That doesn’t mean that one
observation is better or worse than the other. It is
simply a matter of perspective.
is virtually impossible for any of us to be completely
objective, although we are continually thrust into
situations in which this is asked of us. The only
way we can approach something even close to objectivity is
to try to depersonalize our point of view and become
simply the observer without putting a value on what we
see. Even then we have to determine what we are
willing to process.
We have a tendency to hold on to our perceptions, whether
positive or negative. Some seem to hold onto them
with a death grip, as if opening ourselves to consider a
different perspective will endanger us in some way.
Actually, there is no danger in adjusting or refining our
view. Perspectives are not necessarily
“right or wrong.” They are simply an
indication of what we were focusing on at the time. So if
we ‘just don’t see it,’ it’s perfectly fine.
Perhaps it is something we feel is not important.
If we refuse to be open to someone else’s perception,
however, we may miss the opportunity to see, hear, taste,
touch, from a viewpoint quite different than our own.
The choice is ours.
are more cognizant of perceived flaws in themselves but
don’t notice them in others.
Some are more cognizant of perceived flaws in others but
don’t notice them in themselves.
Some of us continually give certain people the benefit of
the doubt and refuse to acknowledge anything that might
contradict our good opinion.
Some consistently look for the ‘angle’ in other’s
Some consistently look for the ‘angel’ in other’s
Marcel Proust wrote that “the real voyage of discovery
consists of not seeking new landscapes, but having new
eyes.” We have the power to grow, to change, to
refine our focus, and to determine what our perspective
will be on a daily basis. One thing is certain,
whatever we’re looking for, whether positive or
negative, we’ll surely find it.
a Great Day and be good to yourself. You deserve it!
© Gail Pursell Elliott
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