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  • What if we could purchase perspective from a store?

    We've all been there before, wondering about other people's feelings and motives. What if we could drive ourselves to the store and pick up some perspective and have all of our questions answered?
    But I guess that would defeat the purpose.
    There's a reason the phrase is "gaining perspective". You have to earn it.

    The interesting thing about perspective is, you don't always gain it when you want it, and when it does come to you the experience is sometimes unpleasant.
    I've recently had a rude awakening during which I gained a whole boatload of perspective, and it left me feeling like an ass.
    It's amazing how something I believed one moment to be true beyond all doubt, could seem so inaccurate and foolish the next moment, when viewed in a different light.

    The trick is to open oneself up to gaining said perspective. To try to understand where others are coming from. To accept differences in opinion graciously. To challenge oneself to seek open-mindedness and enlightenment, even in less-than-pleasant encounters with other people.

    If you could pick up a gallon of perspective at the store you wouldn't really be gaining much from it, would you?
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