My dog and I recently spent the afternoon at a local state park. As I took pictures of the trees, a lesson in perspective again asserted itself. All I had to do was move a few feet one way or the other to snap a dramatically different photo. Or perhaps I needed to change lenses to see something up close or change to a wide-angle lens to place it in a larger context. The way a scene appears has everything to do with the photographer and his co-creative process with the landscape. Together we make the picture; neither one of us can do it alone. Where I stand or how I look at the landscape makes a big difference.
Sometimes I want to fix an uncomfortable situation, only to see that it really isn’t about me at all. I change my perspective showed me that I was too close to another person and simply caught in the cross-fire. It had nothing to do with me, so there was no action required. At other times, I look at a situation and think, “What if I looked at this with eyes of love?” Rather than take offense, which would just make things worse, what would happen if I chose to bring non-judgment to the table? I don’t have to give up a relationship because of one little tiff. We can work through it, with the proper perspective. Sometimes, I find peace with a situation when I consciously change my perspective to see what is right about a relationship rather than what is wrong. Suddenly, what I had thought was “wrong” just doesn’t look so bad.