Perspectives

I guess it’s all a matter of perspective.  Last week I was up in the mountains elk hunting.  The world was both big and small.  Miles and miles of unoccupied land stretched out before me.  Unoccupied by human types anyway.  The comment around the campfire was always, “This is BIG Country.” Yet it was small [...]

I guess it’s all a matter of perspective.  Last week I was up in the mountains elk hunting.  The world was both big and small.  Miles and miles of unoccupied land stretched out before me.  Unoccupied by human types anyway.  The comment around the campfire was always, “This is BIG Country.”

Yet it was small too – a look around the campground found no less than five different camps with people from around my small town of Coburg Oregon, with a couple other camps within five miles that had friends of ours also out hunting.  As my friend, Dick said, “ I drove 300 miles and discovered my neighbors were also my neighbors.”

In spots, we also had access to the Internet and phone service where we could connect with anyone in the world.  (It’s not true that when I got my elk that I actually did contact everyone in the world…it just seemed like it.)

Speaking of campfires, it is the place where stories are told.  One story brought the subject perspective into clear focus.  On one trip years ago, my brother Sam came out from the woods and met my grandpa at his pick-up.  My grandpa who was 80 something at the time told Sam he had been out walking the trail.  Sam was out there as well and asked grandpa if he saw anyone.  Grandpa said he saw a young guy out there and Sam replied that he didn’t see a young guy, but had talked to an old man.  My grandpa said, “No, it was young guy I saw, around Joe’s age.”  Sam started to laugh.  Joe was our Uncle Joe, and he was a young 70 years old at the time.

As I age a bit, it sure is nice to know that to at least some people I will always be a young fella.

So how will changing your perspective help you in school or work?

What if you changed your perspective on how your coach, teacher or boss related to you?  You may think, for example that your coach is too tough or your teacher is never satisfied or your boss always demands more.  What if you came in tomorrow with the perspective that: your coach, teacher or boss is simply helping you extend yourself, and assisting you in reaching your best effort.  How would you feel with that attitude?  Could you see yourself through the other person’s eyes? How would that look?

Change your perspective, and see a different picture.

Author: Stan Manley

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