Perspective Can Make all the Difference

I have always thought that there are three sides to every story. One for each side of the fence and then, somewhere in the middle is reality. I don’t mean to suggest that someone on either side of the fence is lying intentionally. Rather, I think that each side simply has their own perspective.

When a situation occurs, they determine what they see with the filters they were given, or gathered, through life. Actions are taken, or not taken, based on what a person feels is happening. This happens for the person on the opposite side of the fence as well. I would like to think that most people are trying to make an honest effort based on what they perceive. The problem with this is that people can have very different perspectives, even when looking at the same thing.

Of course, there are those who intentionally go out of their way to create drama and havoc. Regardless of their perspective, these people are self-serving, mean and cruel. I am not talking about those people. Those people suck and no one has time for them.

For most normal and loving people….This difference in perspectives can create a vast array of interpretations though. Take a dandelion. There is a large group of people who would look at this plant as a weed. And yet, there are many others who would claim it to be a flower.  According to Wikipedia, “the dandelion plant is a beneficial weed, with a wide range of uses, and is even a good companion plant for gardening.” The funny thing is that the dandelion is still the same. How can it be considered so differently? Perspective. Depending on your set of filters, it is a weed or it is a flower. For me, it’s technical definition is irrelevant. I could care less what people call it. To me, it is a flower. It is beauty.

The first stage of the dandelion is yellow and bright. So full of light. And then it seems to fade out into this pale, pokey form. But in a little time, this “dying” weed take a new form of beauty. Its “petals” become almost feather-like and can float in the breeze like dreams.

This transformation is symbolic for my life I think. I feel like the bright, youthful me has disappeared over the years from life experiences. For a time, I was starting to fade. My perspective on life was pale, and growing dim. But now, it is starting to transform. I am starting to find myself once more. My goals are forming again and with some effort, they will float into my reality. All I need to do is make the wish (a solid plan) and blow (the hard work). Call me a weed or call me a flower. The name does not matter. I just know I will flourish and float wherever I land, and some may not appreciate me. But like the dandelion, I have several purposes and some will see me as a flower. All it takes is the right perspective:)

A flower is a weed seen through joyful eyes.
– Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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9 thoughts on “Perspective Can Make all the Difference

  1. I like the way you have used the pictures of dandelions to weave an interesting philosophical piece. Facing getting older is difficult. I’ve been fading a little at the prospect myself. I agree, there is a second wind that can propel us forward though it takes conscious effort.

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  2. Wise words and true. I like dandelions anywhere but my yard, where they take over from the grass. If not sprayed, they’re edible and can be used for wine. Dandelion root is nutritious and good for a variety of problems. Yes, perspective matters, although it seems to me there are areas in which everyone should agree, even though we don’t always.


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    • Thank you. lol-I agree about a dandelion free yard. Though…I think mine is nothing but official weeds. aaaahhhh yes, it would be a perfect and wonderful world if we could all agree on things like kindness, decency, hard work, and ethics. Until then, may the good people continue to make more of a difference than the bad.


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    • Oh wow! I am honored then. Thank you. Sometimes I need to remind myself that I am good and when someone who I wish would care for me doesn’t…I need to remind myself that it is not me that is lacking. It just isn’t the path God has laid out for me. Whatever your journey is, remember, we are all beautiful in different ways. Some people just won’t see it because their perspectives block it. Doesn’t mean they are bad, just on different paths.

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    • Thank you. I find it challenging to just pick some pictures and stare at them and figure out where my feelings take me. It is why I love your challenge so much. It combines two things I am passionate about and challenges me to merge these two fields into something that flows. And…its been very therapeutic:)


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