We each have our own perspective and can often view the same situation very differently. While it’s tempting to believe our interpretation is the correct view, we grow in love by accepting multiple points of view.
It’s been said every story has at least two sides and the truth. And to be sure, there is a Truth that remains independent of our personal perspectives.
The law of gravity, for example, does not need our consensus to remain in effect. Our differing perspectives does not change this reality.
At the same time, as we relate to each other, it’s helpful to remember we each engage the world with our own set of eyes.
What we take for granted might not be on the radar screen for others.
This can lead to frustration and misinterpretations.
I know what it would mean if I did that. They must mean the same thing!
Many times, this is not the case. We are seeing the situation from our perspective and assume the other sees it as we do. However, they have their own point of view.
For instance, some clean house as a mark of responsibility and a way to provide a comfortable environment for others. But for others, cleaning house might mean time away from family and actually enjoying life together.
The first cares by cleaning, while the second cares by not cleaning. To avoid misinterpretation both must be clear on what cleaning or not cleaning means to the other.
We each have our point of view and it’s okay to hold on to how we see things. But wisdom also encourages us to remain flexible.
A different perspective is not necessarily wrong, merely a different vantage point. And to truly love others we must be willing to enter their world and see things from their point of view.
Remember your point of view is only one perspective.
Learn to love others by staying curious and honoring the ways in which they see the world as well.
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