Relax–Put it in Perspective!

In social psychology one would talk in terms of the other person’s point of view when soliciting or motivating the other person to do something for you. Being able to see the other person’s point of view is Henry Ford’s advice towards being successful in business. “If there is any one secret of success, it lies in the ability to get the other person’s point of view and see things from that person’s angle as well as from your own”.[1]


(1)  Dale Carnigie, How to Win Friends and Influence People

In any society, one might be called “narrow minded” if they were unwilling to accept other world views.

One could say this about religion, science, philosophy, mathematics, literature, business, and so on, if the views expressed were not one’s own.  But we are all products of our own culture, family history, and education.  Put yourself in another culture with a different national history, and your viewpoints would be different.  Now that cultures have intermingled throughout the world, we are surrounded by other perspectives.

Can any of us ever determine which point of view, or so-called “fact” is right ?  

From the Macmillan Dictionary:  Perspective

a sensible way of judging how goodbadimportant etc something is in comparisonwith other things

lose perspective

He has lost all perspective in the rush to get what he wants.

get/keep something in perspective

It’s important to keep things in perspective and not dwell on one incident.

get something out of perspective

You’ve got the problem completely out of perspective.

put something into perspective

This kind of tragedy puts a mere football match into perspective.

a sense of perspective

Writing as a foreigner gives her a great sense of perspective.  






Sometimes it is difficult to see the “big picture”  when social pressures make the events at hand seem so critically important.  To further complicate matters, we are bombarded daily with news reports that always focus on war, disaster, one crisis after another.  In order to cope with all of that bad news, we have become desensitized, because it has no direct bearing on our lives at the moment..   



I’m thinking today that in the mad rush of daily life, it’s important to put things in perspective. Take a deep breath as you start your day tomorrow, and realize that there are many points of view!  

By Tom Burns, Seller of things essential to life as we know it….




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