"What other point of view?"

 "What other point of view?"

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Too often we get completely stuck in seeing situations from only our own self-centred point of view.

It’s a natural trait to be self-preserving in order to survive but I think that, as a society, we’ve taken it too far. 

There’s an old proverb that says something akin to ‘Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked a mile in his shoes’. Think about that next time someone cuts you off in traffic; next time a teller is rude to you and next time your teenager throws a fit.

I’ve done it too. Got myself worked up into a state about the way someone else has treated me or talked to me. I get all full of righteous indignation and complain to anyone that will listen about how bad I feel. Sounds funny when I say it now, but it’s no laughing matter when I’m in the throes of the emotion. 

I’m teaching myself, slowly but surely, to remain calm in the midst of the upsetting event. Trying to see things from the other person’s point of view and just think of ways I can love them through this. I’m learning to not only try to see where they’re coming from, but also to see where I’m coming from.

This thought process has given me a ‘gap’ during the emotive circumstance in which to look at what’s happening whilst being detached from it. ‘Looking in from the outside’ as it were. This little gap gives me the opportunity to not go as ‘nuclear’ as I would have done before and to realise that what is happening is not the end of the world.

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