It is obvious that depending on our location, distance and view we see things differently. Understanding how perspective on topics and life outlooks can create differences and can lead to conflict, stress and challenge is less obvious. We might know this, but perspective can be a hard topic to self-reflect on.
Due to the fact that we get attached and convicted about the perspective that we hold, it can be perplexing how to change our perspective when we really do not want to. We feel that we have grown to see the perspective we have molded by experiences and lessons from parents, teachers and wise elders gone before us. We can feel convicted in the perspective we hold and many of these “lenses” in which we see life are very subconscious and inbred into our thinking. We have loyalty, conviction and even “rightness” about the perspectives we hold. This one way of thinking causes challenges and impasses as we seek to co-exist with others in the world. Another thing about perspective is it is easy to become mood and ego-driven in our perspective. It becomes a battle because it is about us being right or simply paralyzed in our ability to see another answer.
While in life there are some “absolutes”, those are external to our “thinking” and more defined by nature around us. For the most part, much of the way we think is based on our perspective, experience, culture and sometimes just the way our mind perceives things (i.e. a picture). As generations, seasons, and cultures change and evolve thinking changes.
The example is given about how children are able to be more open to learning and discovery because their minds are like their bodies – flexible and open. As we age, if we do not keep stretching and keeping ourselves flexible we grow more rigid and inflexible and soon touching our toes requires work and even pain. In the same way, a mind that has not practiced staying open and agile becomes inflexible.
The opportunity for all of us is to stay open and “flexible” in our thinking so we can see different perspectives and then make the best choice. If you only see ONE way to do things, you only have one choice. If you can see five ways to do things, you can pick which way you like best, make space for others to do it differently or enjoy a variety of approaches to keep things fresh!
Benefits of staying flexible:
Challenge if we are not flexible:
Would you like to learn more about how to see the world through a broader lens? Check out this wonderful education film by National Geographic Photographer. See how he learned the difference between good and great … and it was all in the perspective, but FIRST in how HE approached the shot.
Movie: Celebrate what is right with the world. http://celebratewhatsright.com
Originally published at synergystrategies.com