Friday, August 10, 2007

Angry Clouds


What do you see when you look at this picture? Do you see the mountains, or the water, or the clouds? Maybe you see the snow on the mountains, or maybe the ice in the water. I guess it all depends on our perspective.

I have a friend and colleague who says that everyone has their own version of reality. If we would think about that statement, I'm sure we would agree.

We normally see things through our own "perspective" or "filter. If we are seeking to see things from another's point of view, we try to see things from their perspective.

Sometimes we simply see things the way we want them to be.

When I look at the picture, I see angry clouds. Now you may not consider these clouds to be angry, but as I interpret this picture, they are angry. Does this make me right or wrong? Does this make me good or bad?

Often when we don't agree with another person's perspective on something, we judge them. We think they are wrong and we are right. What we must remember is that it is "their perspective". Not ours. Maybe we ought to try and see it from their perspective. Maybe we could use a little balance in our lives.

This could go a long way in help us relate to our spouses, our children, our friends and even strangers.

Angry clouds? Maybe not for you. But for me today, maybe.

2 comments:

Ben said...

I couldn't agree with you anymore. I learnt this fact early in my career as a retail pharmacist. Placing oneself in the other "person's shoe" or in their reality not only helps to solve the problem, but also lets the other party know that you care by trying to see things from their perspective, their reality.

Brad Lewis said...

Thanks Ben. I am sure that your success in your profession is bolstered by the fact that you seek to practice this principle. Keep pursuing excellence!