I have written a number of Posts where “Perspective” has been the driving force (put it in the search field and you will get quite a few responses). Perspectives are important (if we are going to survive as a species) because everybody has a history, and that history has created personal perspectives.
Trying to see the world from Ray’s perspective helps in our ongoing canine/human relationship. Just acknowledging that we are, who we are, because of our perspectives should hopefully drive home the simple fact that we can be very different … and have every right to be that way. Why is that person living on the street? Why did that couple do those things to that child? How that did lady achieve fame so quickly? If we understood their history and their resulting perspectives on life, all could well become very clear.
This Post however recounts a recent personal incident where personal perspectives are clearly quite different, and how acceptable those differences can be.
I was working outside a few days ago, and our elderly (our age!) lady neighbour was in her garden. The usual greetings were followed by a story about what a terrible night she had. Apparently she went to bed at 10:30pm, and was wide awake around 5:00am. She couldn’t go back to sleep hence she was feeling rather tired now.
My immediate reaction was “I wish I could have a night like that!”
My typical night also starts at around 10:30pm, and I am asleep very fast. I usually have to get up to use the bathroom at around 1:00am. and probably again at around 3:00am. If I am lucky, I will then sleep through to 5:00am which is when I get up and start my day. More recently I have been getting up at around 4:30am.
While relating my night time routine, it suddenly struck me how strange it must sound to her. Here I am giving her my desire for an unbroken night … right through to 5:00am, when she is clearly used to waking up at a much later time. It comes right back to perspective doesn’t it. Neither of us are wrong. We just have different perspectives on what constitutes a good night!
Now all we have to do is remember that the next time we see somebody who doesn’t quite “fit” our world. Perhaps if we understood their perspectives, they would “fit” into it really well?
Food for thought?