Point of view.
It’s frequently called out in writing circles. To keep an eye on one’s “point of view” (POV). Well, what about doing so in real life? What about…a twist?
I do this myself, and try to do it as often as possible. Though I’ve known of the practice for some time, it took my wife’s mention of it a couple of years ago to really get me to actively practice it. What I’m talking about is to put your perspective into somebody else’s POV. With everyone you meet, try to look at them as they might see you. As they might hear your voice. Try to get inside their head and look out at you and the world through their eyes.
How might that change your perspective on them, on yourself—on life?
We get so wrapped up in our own thoughts and needs and wants, sometimes at the expense of others. We want what we want. We think we’re always right. Try to prove our arguments correct and more powerful over another’s. Get what we want.
Have you ever listened to your tone when responding to certain people? What do you think that tone sounds like coming at you, rather than from you?
What about your spouse? Your neighbor? Your co-worker? Your friends?
How do you think they view you? Your arguments? Might you come across somewhat brazen? Know-it-all? Preachy (where’s my podium!)?
How might they view your gait? Your appearance? How you present yourself to the world?
Do you consider other people’s thoughts? Let others have their way now and then—even if you’re positive yours is the “right” way, the only way, the most prudent way?
Do you ever let others be right now and then?
How will doing this color your world? Will it make you a better person? Just what do you think you’ll see when looking out at life through another’s eyes? Another’s thoughts?
I challenge everyone to put yourself in another’s shoes and walk a mile or two in their leathers. Look at life through another’s POV. See if it doesn’t make you a little less critical. Temper your fires some. Reign in you always having to be right and maybe giving others a little leeway now and then above your own, personal, concerns.
And, once you’ve done that—just for fun—try it with animals.