There are many different ways to look at things. When we see things from various angles we end up shifting our perspective. Is an unsettling event a blessing or is it a curse? Is a close associate a friend or, a secret rival? Is that aggressive person you work with everyday, just angry or assertive?
Looking at situations in their entirety makes them take on a whole new meaning as opposed to viewing them in fragments. How much is too much time to devote to a conversation with someone you like and admire? For some of us, it’s a mere few minutes, while with others, a little over an hour can elapse before they are compelled to hang up the receiver.
We all see things differently based on our previous experiences. The relevancy of something or, its insignificance also makes a difference in the way we perceive it. Rather than viewing life’s frustrations as conflicts or, disagreements as evidence, these situations can be interpreted as – learning experiences.
How is it that we can question a person’s capabilities when there are so many variables to consider? Influences such as their emotional state at the time of our observation, the stress they were under and any number of prevailing causes inspire them to act or speak out of the ordinary? It is easy to judge someone when we do not like the person to begin with.
Preconceived notions are a poor judge of anyone’s character and doing so is unjustifiable. Labeling someone as this, or as that encourages others to do the same. Statements that indicate a person has too much confidence in himself or, that he has too much energy is a pessimistic way to view an individual. For every negative trait, there is someone who tends to see it as a positive strength.
There is power in seeing things in two different ways. It can literally transform our lives. One interpretation cannot capture or convey a person or, life stance in its entire splendor. By thinking we are doing so, we limit our consciousness. None of us are alike. We are no better or worse. We are not good, nor are we bad. We are not necessarily right, nor are we wrong. We are just different and it is these differences that attract us to each other.
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