Thursday, 28 April 2016

Perspective; To Each Their Own

In a conversation...

Akira conveys, "You know what the problem with my life is? I never have anything I want. I've been dreaming to become the richest villager so I can finally afford to buy cattle and maybe a bullock cart and–"

"Dear Akira, look at this tiny snail gliding away on his path. Do you know the purpose of his life? He travels all day in the search of juicy leaves, and reverts back into his shell at the sight of predators. That is all he needs to survive. So Akira, do you have everything you need to survive?", the sage questions leaving Akira speechless. 

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Perspective. When I think about this word, I remember a beautiful scene from the movie Ratatouille. If you've seen the movie, you know what I'm talking about. If you haven't, well, see below. 

Perspective is the most individualistic and personal something. Everyone we know is half a glass of water, and the remaining glass is their perspective. It's your perspective that determines whether you see yourself as half a glass full of water, or half a glass short of water, whether you focus on what you have or what you're missing. Either way, it plays a very important role in our lives. 

More often than not, we outlook the role of this important aspect. We forget that it exists and we forget that it varies for every different person. For instance, an hour long workout may be a blessing to someone, and yet dreadful to someone else. Let's think of the caring husband who always remembers to bring red roses every Valentine's. If ever, he misses out on conducting the ritual, the wife is sure to conclude that with the forgone roses, the husband's love too is forgone. However, does this wife stop to think about the husband's day and probable stresses that may have been a factor behind his slip of mind? Maybe, maybe not. If she does, she's engaging herself in widening her own perspective to reach out to and see through that of her husband's, in which case she weaves a happy home. Contrariwise, if she doesn't, she's allowed dominance for her own perspective in disregarding his, leading to nothing but negativity and resentment, gradually weaving a discontent home. But, what's the point?

Is there really much point in feeling the need to change everyone's perspective to match your own? Where one can never have control or dominance over other people's thoughts and perspective, such feelings will only cause pain and suffering in the long run. In that case, isn't it much better to rather work on widening our own horizons, and so, our own perspective? 

Ask yourself, do you go about your life like Akira, counting only your misfortunes and losses? Or do you step away from that every now and again, and grasp the snail's attitude of counting your blessings and achieving a sense of fulfilment in your bare necessities? 


1 comment:

  1. Hi Ananas,
    You are very right and we all need to work on it.

    With your Point of the Glass Half full or Empty, I had received another interesting perspective which I'm sharing below.

    A Psychologist walked around a room while teaching Stress Management to an audience.
    As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "Half empty or Half full" question.
    Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired:
    "How heavy is this glass of water?"
    Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.
    She replied,
    "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it.
    If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem.
    If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm.
    If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed.
    In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, But The longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."
    She continued,
    "The Stresses and Worries in Life , are like that Glass of Water...
    Think about them for a while and nothing happens.
    Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt.
    And, if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralysed – incapable of doing anything."
    Remember to put the Glass Down 😊