So, at work every day we have something called word of the day. Everyone has a chance to go, but nominating the next person. Of course, I always forget. Definitely not surprised that I do, so the last time that I was chosen, I remembered on my way to our morning stand up meeting. Last minute much?

Perspective is the word that had popped in to my head very spontaneously within a second of remembering. I believe that happened due to the importance of the word itself.

Perspective has many synonyms which help emphasize the significance of the word:

  • Aspect
  • Attitude
  • Context
  • Mindset

The outlook that someone has on life, on all of the things around them, makes a difference in their happiness. There are situations which have to be taken with a grain of salt. The attitude that a person brings with them will make all the difference in the outcome.

Is it worth fighting with someone? Is it worth getting the last word in? Or better, is it worth to be hard on yourself? On others?

In some instances, yes, you have to stand your ground, but there are good and bad ways to do so. The context of the situation determines each individuals perspective. As research has proven, an eyewitness is the worst sort of evidence. Why? Because of perspective. Everyone remembers things differently, the events are skewed to fit their own frame of mind based on past experiences.

Therefore, each individual should ensure that their perspective is as clear as they can make. That is, to ensure that their perspective of any given situation is such that they always hope for a positive outcome. A good perspective, a happy one, will ultimately, if not make you happy, put you more at peace.

I will not lie and say that I am able to do this 100% of the time. No one is perfect! And so, I’m not either. But it is something that is worth trying. Every day, I hope that I am bringing a good perspective on the work that I have to do in the office, or on the time that I have at home with my family. In every situation, I hope that I am able to see things through the perspective of those that I interact with, in the hopes that the conversation will become a positive one, and that my own thinking, will always be positive as well.

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