“What is often common and mundane to one can be incredibly fabulous to another…” — Rick Cox
We have all heard the following:
“Why don’t you try looking at this from my perspective?”
“It is useful occasionally to look at the past to gain a perspective on the present.”
“I believe I have a different perspective on the matter.”
“I am having trouble keeping things in perspective right now.”
One’s perspective on a situation is more often than not biased toward how they have been raised and what they have come to believe. One’s perspective is formed over time through what they learn, view, and experience. For instance, an uncle, aunt, or neighbor whom you may have looked up to in your childhood, could and would have had a larger influence than someone you didn’t know or for which you didn’t care.
Therefore, it is possible that your perspective may have been skewed by their influence helping to form your position or stance on certain things. It is in this manner many things are seen from a certain point of view.
With this being said, I have copied and pasted a story sent to me by a great friend – one who gets it. I ask that you read the following story about a boy who visits a farm with his father to look at the difference between those that have and those that do not or those that are wealthy and those that are not.
The boy’s perspective was quite different from his father’s and this greatly shocked the father once the two of them had a chance to discuss their views.
After reading the story, please take some time to meditate on the meaning of that which has been said. It may give you a new perspective thus, changing your VIEW on the way you look at life.
One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live. They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?” “It was great, Dad.” “Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked… “Oh yeah, ” said the son. “So, tell me, what you learned from the trip?” asked the father.
The son answered: “I saw that we have one dog and they had four. We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end. We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon. We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight. We have servants who serve us, but they serve others. We buy our food, but they grow theirs. We have walls around our property to protect us while they have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”
Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? It makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.
We must learn to appreciate every single thing we have, especially our friends!
Pass this on to friends and acquaintances and help them refresh their perspective and appreciation.
“Life is too short and friends are too few…” Author Unknown
Best of LUCK as you
Labor Under Correct Knowledge…