perspective, washington dc, capitol hill,

“Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time.” — Steven Wright

Each of us have our own perspective.

We can stand on our side, from our perspective, to then listen to someone else’s perspective. We then get to choose if we agree or not with that perspective, or we use our filter to assess the other’s perspective.

If we agree, we typically have a common interest and so we become friends, or whatever. If we don’t agree, we tend to distance ourselves from that perspective, because it doesn’t fit in our grid, or its wrong, or it is against everything we have ever thought or believed in our life.

As we listen to other’s perspectives this week, what if we listened to not only hear someone’s perspective? What if we listened to actually gain perspective?

What if, after we listen to someone, we actually gain more perspective to our own and the new perspective actually helped transform us and grow us?

What if we didn’t walk away from a conversation using our filter to assess “their” perspective or say, “Well that’s just their perspective.”?

I think that if we were to enter into conversations and relationships trying to add instead of subtract, or gain instead of distance, I think relationships would flow much better.

As I listen to others this week, I am going to try and gain perspective. Care to join me?


  1. Trevor Honeycutt · January 13, 2014

    Good point bro. We can listen to understand (with discernment), which will increase the potential for growing in our own wisdom and understaning; plus create deeper relationship.

    Or we can listen to be right, and then judge the other’s perspective as right-or-wrong; and not grow and not deepen relationship.

  2. Andy hollinger · January 13, 2014

    Thanks for that Mark.
    I’ve been experiencing this very thing at work. Learning to interact in a new culture has made me analyze my own perspective, and then allow others’ experience/knowledge build into my own and mine to theirs.

  3. shanehocon · January 14, 2014

    Great perspective and picture!!

  4. shanehocon · January 14, 2014

    Love the picture! Thanks for this!!

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