Google Definition of perspective: a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
Life has a way of giving us lessons of love, hope, peace, forgiveness, bitterness, self discovery and more. I am learning as I get older… or “more seasoned” that experiences play a crucial role in how I view my relationship with people.
When I was a child, I didn’t see or have the level of perspectives of how I see people today. For example, I learned that the folks I called family since I was a child weren’t biological family members but still family. I learned that friends who had addictions are now changed individuals. Although time is subjective, we still can observe growth mentally, physically, and spiritually. I learned that having a perspective introduces a mental capacity to learn the dynamics of peoples personality, maturity, education etc. The difficult thing about having perspective is that I can get stuck in the comfort of that perception.
Perspectives can be true or false… it can be based on reality or fantasy… Whatever the case, believing in a perspective can affect your relationship with friends, partners, family, co workers etc. I am not saying that my perspective has to be the same as everyone else. What I am saying is that perspective can affect how I interact with myself and the people around me.
If you know me, I am conscious of not only the outward expressions of someone’s communication but also the consistent undertone. Part of this is learning from my child hood that there are covert and overt expressions of communication. I firmly believe that the undertone or non verbal undertone is the main source of the outward communication. For example, do as I say not as I do. It gives the perception that your words and actions can be opposite.
The awareness of your perspective can influence the direction in which you decide to put your energy in whether its true or false.
“I don’t go by or change my attitude based on what people say. At the end of the day, they, too, are judging me from their perspective. I would rather be myself and let people accept me for what I am than be somebody who I am not, just because I want people’s approval.” Karan Patel
“The only thing you sometimes have control over is perspective. You don’t have control over your situation. But you have a choice about how you view it.” Chris Pine
“It’s not only moving that creates new starting points. Sometimes all it takes is a subtle shift in perspective, an opening of the mind, an intentional pause and reset, or a new route to start to see new options and new possibilities. ” Kristin Armstrong