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Perspectives

on July 24, 2010

Transition is a journey of perspectives that includes yours and theirs.  The only way to truly know your perspective though is to place it up next to other perspectives.  When combined they all make up the whole or the big picture.  No one person ever sees the big picture, however you can get an idea of the big picture and see a bigger picture with intention and practice.

Seeing the world through the eyes of those you encounter is one of the greatest gifts you can receive.  Not that your perspective is not important, but as I said, it is other perspectives that give yours meaning.  Let’s look at some examples so you can get a better idea of what I am talking about.  Let’s just say you are watching a movie about a topic that is close to your heart.  You are looking at someone else’s perspective of a topic you are excited about and if you like the movie that means that their perspective is close to yours or at least that you can relate it to yours. 

You may remember me talking about the mirror effect and that everything you see in the world is of your own creation.  It is a reflection of who you are.  It is important to honor others perspectives because they are inadvertently showing you an aspect of who you are.  Of course you are more than what you may see in a movie, or at a sporting event, but this is one way to see things. 

What if everything you have ever experienced is a gift from you to you?  Something to consider, yes?  The other thing I would like to point out about perspective is that when you put yourself in someone else’s shoes and see things as they do, it gives you so much more understanding and information on what is actually occurring.  We refer to this as point of view which is different than perspective.  A point of view is a person vantage point, a culmination of experiences put a person in a certain place to view from.  A perspective is more of a situational choice of what to believe about the experience.  Perspective is how you see things and a point of view is more like why you see things the way you do. 

A person who has been discriminated against all their life is going to have a different point of view on equal rights than someone who has never been questioned or discriminated against.  The two can have similar perspectives though if they both are choosing to.  A positive social perspective can be the same for each individual, but their point of view must be different.  When I share my ideas and points of view here in this blog it is in order to give you another perspective to see things by.  In doing so we are both deepened in our understandings of the workings of the world. 

🙂 Sequoia Elisabeth

Unity in Gender Diversity

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