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Earlier today, I glanced down and saw an awful, judgment-filled word scrawled in my older son’s handwriting.

Hold on now, I thought. When would he have even heard that word, and how would I have missed it in two years of having this same piece of paper behind my desk?!

Having written so recently about perspective(s), I smiled when I uncovered the rest of the paper to find the answer a split-second later. 

I’d seen the marks as they were, sure, but … I’d interpreted them upside-down, leading (briefly) to a very different, very wrong reading.

What a difference perspective–and context!–can make.

  1. June 15, 2017 at 3:49 am

    This is wonderful. When the world seems to be sending us terrible messages, perhaps it’s only that we’re reading it incorrectly.

    • June 16, 2017 at 4:38 pm

      Even when the contrast isn’t quite so stark, sometimes even degree helps … so that an otherwise terrifying message becomes, instead, simply a point to ponder!

  2. June 16, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Yep, this is a great example of perspective.

    • June 16, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      After I saw it right, I wondered if I’d have contemplated it further had not the idea of perspective taken up so much space in my mind the last few weeks! Probably not, so that I’m glad I saw it now …

      (Also, I did already order that book. The clerk who placed the order said lots of customers have praised it. 🙂 )

  1. August 7, 2017 at 6:28 am

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