Day 1726: Different perspectives

Because I’m a group therapist, I often encounter different people expressing  different perspectives. For example, earlier this week I invited people to practice mindfulness by focusing on a vase of flowers in the group room.  After the mindfulness exercise,  we heard these different perspectives:

  • “I love flowers.”
  • “I’m not a flower person.”
  • “Flowers help me relax.”
  • I wondered if those flowers are  fake.”
  • “Flowers remind me of funerals.”
  • “I need to remember to stop and smell the flowers.”

Yesterday, I thought about different perspectives as I was taking this photo:

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All the different perspectives in that photo may not be clear, but several people are taking pictures there and each of us has a different perspective on Boston’s Fenway Park.  I wish I could show you all those different perspectives.

Lately, many of the different perspectives I encounter include  expressions of anxiety, depression, stress, uncertainty, worry, concerns for others, and concern for self.  Different people also express and learn different perspectives on how to feel better and take the next right step. Sometimes, I suggest trying on this different perspective:

It’s safer than it feels.

Every person who is reading this post has a different perspective and my perspective is that I would love to know all those  different perspectives.

There are different perspectives about “Different Perspectives” on YouTube, but this is the most popular one:

 

Thanks to all the different perspectives that help me create different blog posts and thanks to you — of course! — for all your different perspectives.

 

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26 thoughts on “Day 1726: Different perspectives

  1. So many perspectives, so little time, Ann. I so admire the park, respect the team that calls it home, but am not truly a fan of the Sox. So there’s mine on that.

  2. I used to do architectural drawing/rending at school, wanting to be an architect, lots of perspectives in architecture. Then I became an Industrial Chemist, and that gave me a perspective about the manufacturing industry. Family comes first, my dad became very ill, so I became an Apprentice Plumber/boss, and running the family business all at the same time, that gave me a perspective about dealing with clients and trying to please everyone, and found out that’s nearly impossible. At this time my darling wife became ill with severe MS, and I became a Carer, and this in turn, put a totally different perspective on “life” itself. Now I do a bit of part time plumbing and Write some poetry, trying to keep life in perspective !!, and hopefully impart some of my life’s experiences onto others that might benefit from my writings.

  3. I like that; it’s safer than it feels! ♡
    Diana xo

  4. I too like — It’s safer than it feels! ❤

    And thanks for this prompt for my blog today! Off to write it because of the different perspective you've given me.

  5. Examining everything, from complex ideas to something as simple as a vase of flowers, from many different perspectives, is something we should all try to do. It’s a never-ending task but one that should be on everyone’s bouquet list.

  6. “Now in addition to your comments, I would like you to compose a poem of your own…”

  7. Maureen

    Time slips away, sometimes seeming like a thief that takes everything. But it leaves for us the gift of perspective, sometimes only a little hidden but there if we look for it. Wishing you a sweet year, a year of meaningful and happy perspective.

  8. “It’s safer than it feels” is powerful Ann. Your post is deeper than it seems too 💛

  9. I made up a phrase a long time ago that Reality is All In One’s Perspective…I suppose to encourage my time travel stories. I have no problem traveling from one reality to another, though. All in my perspective, you see…

  10. When I was a rather less imaginative youngster, our art master held up a print of Van Gogh’s sunflowers inviting us to see the warmth. I said I found it cold.

  11. “Reality is All In One’s Perspective” is a good perspective to take.

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