"We do not see things as they are. We see things as we are."  -Talmud

In 2010, the Giants finally won the World Series. After two decades of fandom and heartbreak, I should have been elated. Except I didn't really care. That August my mom had suffered a series of strokes, and in that context sports mattered far less than ever before.

This is a common story. A big life event provides a wake-up call, shocking us into new perspective on what matters most. This is often hugely powerful, finding opportunity for growth as a silver lining to our biggest setbacks. But it also highlights two unfortunate facts:

  1. we often wait for traumas to thrust perspective upon us rather than actively seeking it

  2. we constrain the wisdom of perspective to the huge realm of 'what matters in life’

I think the same principles of perspective can help us consistently in all parts of life. Here are some ways I aspire to use perspective more.

Outlook: more context-aware

“Everyone else in the line is as bored and frustrated, and some probably have harder, more tedious and painful lives than I do.”

- David Foster Wallace

'Inlook': more


“So convenient to be a reasonable creature, since it enables one to make a reason for everything one has a mind to do.”

- Ben Franklin

Relationships: more opportunity

"Nothing helps success more than seeing things from
other people's
point of view."

-Henry Ford

Values: more

 “The only true voyage would be
not to visit strange lands but to possess other eyes”

-Marcel Proust

Knowledge: more proactive

“He who knows
only his own side
of an argument
knows nothing
of that”
- John Stuart Mill