Perspective

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Perspective

I was driving through an area in Arizona yesterday that looked rather dull and boring to me; miles and miles of sagebrush and desert. Many of you who have traveled the in the western United States know what I am talking about!  Bleakness. When I saw a house in this desolate place, I was shocked and rather surprised that someone would live “way out here.”

Yet, perspective is a tricky fellow!

As I drove the same path home, the same place I thought was so desolate and unwelcoming, looked inviting and warm. The sun was getting closer to the horizon, casting a welcome sign to its visitors of this place.  I was enveloped in its sunrays and just in awe of the beauty around me.

Perspective— a tricky fellow indeed!

I think people tend to forget to take a moment and put on someone else’s shoes (figuratively) and take a look at a situation from a perspective not their own. What makes someone think or act or behave the way they do?  Why do they believe so strongly one way or another towards topics that arise around them?  What is the driving force behind their thoughts and beliefs?

I am not perfect, in any shape or form, yet I do my best to take another’s perspective into consideration when responding to their statements. Their thoughts and beliefs are just as important as my thoughts and beliefs.  Yet, I must remember to not force what I feel strongly in my heart upon another.  I try to understand from the position they are basing their beliefs upon and responding respectively.  My beliefs are not someone else’s beliefs.  My upbringing experiences are not someone else’s upbringing experiences.  My adult life experiences are not the same as another.

We are all different people with different ideals about the world we interact and live in. We tend to forget that life brings a whole host of experiences to each individual that others have not experienced.

I have three sisters and believe me, we are so, so different in so many ways. We were brought up in the same home environment, but through our own interactions with friends, family, and life’s challenges, we have very different perspectives on the world.  This brings up quite lively conversations at times when we are together; sometimes the verbal heat cranks up a notch or two!  Yet, we realize that we all have a perspective unlike another’s.   We all have lives separate from each other’s lives.

We come from a perspective unique to ourselves.

I wish all those I interact with on a daily would learn to step to the side, for one small moment of time, to walk in someone else’s shoes and see life from their perspective. One shoe at a time if that is what it takes!

The view while standing in someone else’s shoes opens up the heart to empathy, kindness, and the incredible power of compassion.

Do you struggle with being able to look at the world from a different perspective?  Or, do you know someone who struggles?  Please feel free to comment below.  I would love to hear from you.

13 Comments on “Perspective”

  1. Interesting article. Perspective to me definitely invokes thought into what can possibly be going on in one’s mind but I do tend to lean on the opinion that people can sometimes do things sporadically/without reasoning but maybe that’s just my lack of understanding the world I am 20 after all lol but, once again I must say this was definitely a thought provoking article.

  2. Perspective is so important and I feel like it always need to be said that we can’t compare ourselves with each other. We need to look from the other side and not take our own thoughts and beliefs in to our attitude towards each other. This is something that I feel is lacking in the world and with the people I interact with and has made me feel like I can’t be around certain people anymore. I know hiding is not a good way to deal with the problem but it keeps me sane and protected because I don’t want to be around that low vibe energy. So this is definitely a topic that is relevant for all people all around the world and should be a subject we study in school. Love, Petra

    1. Thank you. It’s a continual issue that arises every day. it’s so easy to get caught up in our own perspective harming others in the long time.

  3. I enjoyed reading your post on other people’s perspective. I live in the mountains of Montana. From my house to a major city is a little over 85 miles. Most people think we are crazy to live so far from town but we have no pollution, and have some great neighbors, buffalo, elk, moose etc. As you say perspective is everything.

    1. I know exactly what you are talking about! We lived west of Kalispell for 5 years and loved every moment there. Thank you for stopping by and visiting!

  4. Hi Kerri,

    That is a beautiful article you’ve written. I enjoyed reading it and agree with everything you say. I cant remember what book it was, but I think its ‘7habits of highly effective people’ that says ‘seek first to understand then to be understood’ which I think I think compliments your article well.

  5. The desert is absolutely amazing! Perspective truly is key to so many things in life – keeping an open mind is such an important approach to life, if we’re closed we never learn. If we stay open and take stock and perspective we’re able to grow, learn and evolve from everything we’ve learned 🙂

  6. Hey Kerri…a lovely post.

    It is a given that we tend to feel that other people think/feel/act the way we do and for the same reasons. It is always a good thing to try walking in somebody else’s shoes. Often it can have the effect of widening the parameters of your own mind. Sometimes, though, it can just give you a headache. (Sigh!)

    Thanks for the reminder….

    1. Thank you Netta for the lovely comment! I do love when others widen the parameters of their own mind. It’s been difficult watching the debate here this week because some have lost perspective and respect. Yes, I agree, at times it can give you a headache as well.

  7. This is a wonderfully personal post. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Your insights on perspectives are truly eye-opening. I agree that it all depends on our perception of things and that is rarely complete good or bad things – it is how we view them. Like you pointed out, yes it is also important to be compassionate and learn to see things from other’s people point of view too.

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