Do You See What I See? (Day 204)

(photo credit: Exhibit in MOMA, New York by Michael Summers on

This is what I love about instant replays during television sports: we get to see the play from a variety of camera angles. And depending on the camera angle, your initial judgment of what happened during the play can vary significantly from your judgment when you view the same play  from a different camera angle.


True in life as well.

Our perspective skews our view of everything. That is why you can see my glass as half-full while I may believe it’s half-empty. In everything from religion to politics to parenting styles, what we see is always limited by who we are, by the way we were raised, by the experiences we have been through.

It’s something to consider whenever we insist, in private or in public, that our way is the right way or the only way.

Wayne Dyer, the self-help guru who passed away last week, said it perfectly (at least from my perspective): “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”




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