1000 Flowers for the Planet - #423 Change Your Perspective
One of the reasons people don’t get along is because they have very different views. This is, of course, part of life and what makes us all different. Respecting those differences seems to be a much harder thing for most people to do; otherwise we wouldn’t be suffering the conflicts we have around the world today. If we can find ways to reduce our conflict, the world would be a better place.
One suggestion is to change your perspective. It’s something that needs a fair bit of practice, because it’s hard to change the way you think about things. Consider a room full of artists, all painting a picture of a model posing in the centre of the room. Every single painting will be different, because each artist sees the model from a different angle. The model is exactly the same person in each painting, but will look completely different – not wrong, just different. That’s the way it can be with our views of the world. So shift your position now and then to look at things with a new light. Try seeing things through the eyes of a child, or listen to the perspective of an old person who has experienced life. If we can acknowledge in our hearts that others see things differently, not wrongly, and that that is okay, we can create better communities, happier places to live and a better world.