Monday, November 30, 2009

Perspective

What we know or think we know, what  we see  can change in a blink of an eye. Our perspective can change as we view the object from different angles, or as we learn more about a person, place or thing.

Perspective: the way in which objects appear to the eye, one's "pont of view", the choice of context for opinions, opinions, beliefs and experiences.

As we stepped out of Teresa's Resturant on Black Friday, I pointed at this building and said to Diane, that is where I worked in the early 90's. I checked the view finder and did not like what I saw. I changed the building by the way I viewed it..


The way the building looked changed with each few steps, even though it did not change and was the same building in every picture. The trick was In what I emphasized with my camera. I was changing the view . As I veiwed the photos, I thought this is just like life. Our lives change with how we view them, others change when we view them through their eyes or others eyes.


The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same. Carlos Castaneda

“If you nurture your mind, body, and spirit, your time will expand. You will gain a new perspective that will allow you to accomplish much more.” Brian Koslow





There is neither happiness nor misery in the world; there is only the comparison of one state to another. Alexandre Dumas

What we know about a person changes the way we view them, for bad or for good. If we meet someone that we have heard bad things about, we think they are what we heard, not what they are. We can be guilty of judging others because they look different, act different or by words we have heard from another person.
As we start into the 31 days until the year 2010, I would like to challenge myself and all that read this, to make an effort to view others with a new perspective.

Each morning we drive by a neighbors house and either the man or the woman is standing on the porch waiting for the bus to pick up the young man who is a foot taller than his parents or maybe grand parents. My husband makes the same comment each time. WHY do they stand out there with him? he is in his own front yard. today my answer was, We don't know them or him. maybe he has a disablity we can't see. Maybe they just love him a lot. We don't Know the Real Story.
Share your stories of something that changed when you new The Real Story.

7 comments:

Madeline said...

Great blog! Lots of food for thought! You are right about what we DON'T know, that we may think we DO know! There is an old song by Charlie Rich that says, "No one knows what goes on behind closed doors." When I see a situation and am wondering what is going on, or maybe I am assuming what is going on, those words come back to me.
You are also right about life is what we make it. You have to make yourself happy. You cannot make someone else not be depressed. Life is all about attitude and how you choose to approach it.

Catherine said...

Beautiful blog. Besides beauty being in the eye of the beholder, it is in the mind and heart of the beholder and best seen with fresh eyes & an open mind and heart.

Ginny said...

This is great...wonderful thoughts. Everyone carries their own personal burdens and sorrows that we know nothing about.I think if we knew the problems and sorrows of many aquaintences, it would change the way we feel about them.

Snapper II said...

Your talent continues to grow by leaps and bounds. I enjoy your talent you go girl.

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Great post, Sandra. Your posts always make me THINK. I think I have grown alot since getting older. It's hard for me to listen to the news (which is mostly opinions these days and not news) without getting upset. We're only hearing one side of the story...Then I just get upset.

Anyhow---I've tried to refrain from getting upset ----and try to learn both sides of the story--- before expressing an opinion. This is one way I have grown and developed a new perspective.

Another thing is that my very best friend in the world and I are alike--and yet quite different. She asks my opinion and when I give it, she won't listen. Why does she ask it---if she won't listen?????

From this experience, I have learned to 'accept' her as she is ---and support her as a friend should rather than try to change her or criticize her for her choices (that wouldn't be MY choices)...

That's just two for tonight. Want more????? ha ha

Hugs,
Betsy

SquirrelQueen said...

A wonderful post Sandra, I love the way you illustrated it with the building photos. We do have a tendency to form opinions without all the facts sometimes, it is a human flaw. Everything is a matter of perspective, we all need to learn to look at life from all sides.

I love your photos but I keep thinking how cool it would be to get about five feet from the front right corner of that building and shoot a photo diagonally across all that glass and then another one straight up! Weird I know, it's just the way my brain works.

Judy

Sandra said...

I might just try that shot Judy.