27 Apr

perspectiveWe all have our personal “angle” on life and the world in which we live. Mine happens to be a middle-aged white male living in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Furthermore, I’m a college educated, middle-class entrepreneur and divorced father of three wonderful children. I had a paper route at the age of 10, worked as a dishwasher and table “busser” at 15 and have worked in business since I was 16 years old. I’m the middle child with two brothers who live in Europe, my parents are divorced and my father recently passed away. I’ve traveled to most U.S. states as well as 24 countries in my life. The list can be further expanded and quantified by my background, religion, political beliefs, social circles and status in life. These distinctions all give me a certain BIASED perspective in life.

My perspective isn’t wrong… nor are the perspectives of most of you reading this blog. 🙂 It’s our views and belief systems – and it makes us righteous, dogmatic, stubborn and a whole laundry list of terms that we would probably consider negative.

What’s my point? I think we all need to continually consider our own perspectives as we work, parent and play with others in our universe. We probably aren’t as open-minded as we think we are. We all need to consider others’ viewpoints as potential possibilities worth listening to.

  • Do onto others as you would have them do unto you.
  • Listen.
  • Compromise.
  • Listen again.
  • Kill them with kindness.

For me, it means slowing down a little and, given my personality, being a little less of a bull on a daily basis. When I want to debate, it needs to come hand-in-hand with listening, asking questions and practicing objectivity… or else, I am wrong. For example, as a fast-talking extrovert, I think SO much differently than a typical introvert. I think and talk at the same time. Introverts typically think, then talk… and it may take them minutes, hours or even days to express their true thoughts and opinions (and they are probably thought through much better than my own).

We might all be right… it’s just dependent upon our perspective. It’s great if you have an opinion, but just for fun, assume you are wrong about every one of those beliefs. If we continually strive for more respectful communication, we may discover a better “right”.

Forward, never straight~ Drew


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