During these politically charged times it’s become glaringly apparent that everyone has a perspective. And, everyone seems to get frustrated, sad or angry when others don’t share their perspective.
I’m guilty of this. For example, I’m a bit baffled and irked when I see people who are completely focused on their kids not taking any kind of active role in preserving the planet. The bubble over my head reads, “Wait, but it’s YOUR children who will suffer. I don’t even have any but I’m still doing my part.”
On the other hand, perhaps the bubble over their head reads “I wish I had the kind of time and money she did to play Earth Savior. I just need to get through the day without dropping any balls.”
In reality we have no insight — other than Facebook posts and the occasional real conversation — on what’s in the bubbles over people’s heads. But we do have control on how we share our own perspective.
Telling someone what they should think or do is a surefire way to get yourself in trouble, even when they ask. On the other hand, sharing what you believe and why, moreover, just living your truth, may turn heads, inspire action and change attitudes.
That’s the thing about dealing with other people’s perspectives. It requires remembering to maintain some perspective of your own.