Recently, I was sharing with a friend that I don’t really see things as either black or white. My perspective is usually ‘multicolored’; it is often this perspective that helps me to understand and deal with people or issues that I may not agree with, or for that matter, may not totally understand.
At first blush, it might seem that something can only be understood if viewed in a particular light. However, when I ponder and look at various options, I can bring myself to a point of multiple perspective….. using what I call multicolored vision. Just like perspective in art forms, the farther away an object (situation) is, the smaller the form and the opposite is true for things closer to the forefront. This suggests that my vision of a particular situation can change as it moves farther away from my immediate being.
Individual perspective is shaped by our experiences, our belief system, and in some ways what works for each of us. Even with those givens, I find that if I apply POSITIVE spins, flexible interpretations, invite other evidence which might be below the surface facts, and avoid judgement, multicolored vision is before me. Then I can move to a more peaceful point in my thinking.
Once someone told me that it is much healthier to take the words ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ out of the vocabulary. Good advice! In addition, this is another factor in using multicolored vision.
“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend.” (Robertson Davies, from Tempest-Tost, Salterton Trilogy, #1)
What can you do today to encourage a multicolored vision about someone or a situation?