Here’s the thing, my point of view is just that, mine. And yours is yours. There is power in what each of us sees, feels, understands, or gains from any circumstance or situation. It is perspective which drives cynicism or belief, joy or pain, worth or lack of value. It is perspective which drives decisions and creates opinions.
The ultimate power of perspective is that it can be changed, it can be altered.
The individual who listens, learns, and implements what he learns is the one who has the power. Stephen Covey said, “To change ourselves effectively, we first have to change our perceptions.” The stubborn, all-knowing individual loses power by denying his ability to see things differently, or hear an alternative side to a story, or gain a new understanding.
Does Truth Change?
When I was young girl, nothing made me happier than doing twirls and skating backward on my roller skates in my driveway. I dreamed of being a professional roller skater, of having a cute skirt that flared and flowed as I twirled and turned. This was my truth, my future. It was utter happiness for an 8-year old girl.
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A few years ago, I was cast in a musical which required me to skate on stage. I was so excited to strap on a pair of skates and show my stuff. Good Lord. Out of practice 40-year olds should not twirl on skates. #Barf I think I only crashed a couple times backstage.
My nirvana was no longer found in a pair of roller skates.
A silly analogy? Perhaps. But it is all about perspective and the changing of it.
One man’s junk is another man’s treasure, a well-known idiom, exists for a reason: perspective.
Opportunity for change is real opportunity.
Knowledge is Power
Why limit one’s amount of knowledge by a declaration of “knowing all I need to know” or believing only what you have always believed? Isn’t this why schools and institutions of higher learning exist? Why book clubs were founded and online communities created? – the expansion of the mind or one’s beliefs or practices. Seeds of learning. Flowers of potential. Growth and movement forward.
The power of perspective is very real – that power cannot be turned up like a volume control button. It can only increase by opening a door, and another and another.
Years ago I learned that chaos isn’t really chaos once it is understood. Perhaps learning individuals are just in a consistent state of chaos – looking for rule or order, searching for cosmos.
And until then, until that day I find cosmos, I’ll thrive in the chaos by increasing my power of perspective.