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  1. O.Christina

    Most probably in any interaction with my fellow people, may it be an addition of knowledge, or even if someone offers an opposing perspective, it adds to my “oh, one can look at it as well from this angle”. It oftentimes has helped me to alter my own perspective which could be fixed in some area and otherwise would have carried me into more of a negative perspective. As it is clear that we all build our own world through the perspective we take, this was oftentimes really of huge help. You all here contribute a lot to this flexibility of mind and in dealing with perspective-related emotions, for which I am deeply thankful towards all of you.

    2 years ago
  2. Malag

    I’d like to think that’s a daily occurrence whether through human interaction or podcasts or media. Seek and ye shall find.

    2 years ago
  3. KC

    Many perspectives have informed and enriched my point of view along the way. Some were positive, others were negative, still others were challenging, debilitating or even harmful.

    Taking in and learning to integrate the perspectives that have shaped and shape me is an ongoing process. These days, I am more interested in finding a comfortable anchoring in my own small roots, relationships and community, and being open to listen, hear and be changed by external perspectives when/ as best I am called and / or able.

    Discernment seems key, and a daily challenge. This morning I was re-introduced to the GRACE compassion practice by Joan Halifax. My wise yoga teacher shared this helpful and timely practice in meditation this morning. I will spend more time with Joan Halifax and her teachings, as they speak to and support my daily practice.

    A recent neighbour, likely a drug dealer, offers a different perspective and practices to learn.

    Is this not central to being in healthy relationship and community, to be informed and enriched by other viewpoints?

    2 years ago
  4. Don Jones

    As I walked in the pre-dawn darkness down by the water with my dog, there was a sliver of new moon on the horizon and higher up Venus shining brightly, I realized I was viewing them from the perspective of Earth. As I looked deeper into the darkness, I could make out a galaxy, I realized I was viewing it as the Milky Way. When I got back home and started breakfast, gazing upon my water urn, it occurred to me I was looking from the perspective of water. It is all part of an flowering awakening…

    2 years ago
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    Diana Valdivia

    My highschool history teacher said “Life moves fast, next thing you know thrity years has past”, this stuck with me and made me try to apperciate my youth and life for as long as I have it.

    2 years ago
  6. Hot Sauce

    Both my counselor as well as philosopher Jules Evans, in discussing the Cognitive-Behavioral insight that events don’t cause us to feel negative emotions but rather our thoughts about events, have helped me gain some perspective. When I feel angry, anxious, or sad, sometimes it helps to ask myself, “Is my thought about this realistic? If it’s not, how can I reframe the thought? If it is, is it within my control? If it is, what can I do about it? If it isn’t, then perhaps it’s a waste of time to worry about it.”

    2 years ago
  7. Kylee

    My high school principal had a large impact on my life when I was talking about graduating early and that I couldn’t wait to get out of there. He looked me straight in the face and said “Never wish time away” no matter the circumstances. I have replayed that several times over in my life since that day. And he was right…. I should never wish time away.

    2 years ago
  8. Hermann-Josef

    So many patients tell me about their life and childhood. sometimes it is incredible what they went through as children. so much suffering, lack of love, abuse and so on. it brings tears into my eyes. But it shows in many cases how much strength we have within us as human beings. many of them have such a big heart, taking care for others. some of them studied at university or have a normal family life . Though they didn’t forget, they learnt how to deal with the past. I admire these people very strongly. Lotuses grow in muddy waters. (sometimes)

    2 years ago
  9. GC2000

    Recently reading Bro David’s interview about the importance of art really expanded how I viewed the spirituality of the creative process of an artist.

    Another exchange was with a teenager last week who shared with me how important it was for someone to believe in him and other youth. His passion spoke volumes.

    2 years ago
  10. alara

    The. beginning of 2020 ignited the smouldering embers of distrust, anger, resentment, yada, yada, yada. I was consumed..

    Then Charles Eisenstein’s work “The More Beautiful World Our Hearts Know is Possible” came into my consciousness (never underestimate a single spark in the midst of chaos)..

    Br. David’s light pulls me now like no other,

    2 years ago
  11. Charlie T

    This happens often. I like to ask questions, but the challenge is to listen without judgment or projection. It’s not that easy and I catch myself often.
    As a young man, I read a lot of North American history. It never occurred to me, to not seek out all perspectives. From Custer’s diaries to Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

    2 years ago
    1. GC2000

      Yes Chalie, It’s challenging to listen without judgement and projection, without creating a narrative in your own mind while someone is talking. It’s a lifetime growing edge that eventually evolves and improves. Thank you for sharing.

      2 years ago
  12. Chris Berry

    I have a sometimes rather annoying habit of constantly searching for answers, whether via literature, nature, whatever. And 9 times out of 10 when I get tired of searching, the answers come to me in a flash, thus enriching my point of view.

    2 years ago
    1. GC2000

      Agreed! Well said. The answers are within, especially when we quiet the mind, control the desire to control and surrender. Ha! even surrender involves controlling control -)

      2 years ago
    2. Mica

      What fun! Adyashanti told about letting go of something he was seeking and then finding it.

      2 years ago
  13. Chester

    I was recently preparing a talk about the importance of supporting military service member mental health through a community approach when came upon the book, The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. Peter talked about the way trees in the forest support one another through their network of roots and fungi, literally holding each other up and sharing nutrients. I found it greatly informed and enriched my point of view on the role of our communities.

    2 years ago
  14. Barb C

    Happens every day! In particular I think of the effort I’ve made to seek out and listen to perspectives from people whose voices have not been centered in our policies and our society. I see our world, power structures, language, everything so differently now as a result. My two daughters who are now grown women also give me their perspective and teach me new ways of viewing .

    2 years ago
  15. Keisha

    The mere thought of genuine people believing in me is so enriched it gives me the motivation to keep going

    2 years ago
  16. dragonfly

    “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” is a quote that has applied to me more often than not in very different circumstances of my life. Some lessons had to be re-learned, some revised. It is a process that meets me where I am. Perspectives that enriched my view in the past have been developed and some have changed so much that they are not recognizable as the “original” anymore. Nothing is static when it comes to perspectives enriching my point of view. I want to be open to that.

    2 years ago
    1. Malag

      So true and well said. “When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.” is a regular of mine too.

      2 years ago
  17. Michele

    I feel all the participants on this website enrich my point of view or offer different perspectives to think about.

    2 years ago
  18. Laura

    Too many times to count or remember, especially as it applies to my own actions. I’m not an impartial bystander in my own life. It helps to have a trusted friend to tell me matter of factly that I’m being too hard on myself, or, that I screwed up. Both help me become a better human.

    2 years ago
  19. Holly in Ohio

    Frequently other people enrich and inform my view, but particularly those with different experiences or points of view. The young, the old, the fortunate, the unfortunate, those with different opinions on politics or issues, those from different religious or cultural backgrounds, because, in the end, understanding the diversity of people and the diversity of human experiences enriches my life and broadens my perspective and mind.

    2 years ago
  20. devy

    A couple of years ago I met a friend who was a former Anglican priest. He worked at a high school with troubled youths until he retired. Talking to him and reading his daily posts have inspired and helped me tremendously through difficulties..

    2 years ago
  21. Howie Geib

    Many times. Currently I am reading a book a participant on one of my tours gave me. It is written by James Bradley who is a historian and wrote ‘Flags of Our Fathers’ and ‘Flyboys’. This book is called ‘The Imperial Cruise’. It is about the late 19th century conquest of the Pacific by the US in the era of Teddy Roosevelt. Basically it is completely turning my perspective of our national psyche on its head. And much of our current domestic frothing makes MUCH more sense, and is frankly a lot more disturbing. While discouraging to read for its implications for my country I am very grateful to be reading it.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Ah, yes, much of our history is so so distressing. ‘Domestic frothing’ – what a delightful phrase 🍾 🍾 🍾

      2 years ago
  22. Pilgrim

    More times than I can remember or imagine, having been on this earth for quite some time! I try to be attentive to people of all ages, whose life experiences and wisdom broaden my thinking and my life.

    2 years ago
  23. Mary Pat

    Every month. I belong to two book clubs and the reason is it broadens and deepens my perspective. It also keeps the cobwebs swept from my brain. Hearing another person’s perspective on a book gives me a different way of looking at something, and can only enrich my life.

    2 years ago
  24. Iamme

    Where to start…? I have known so many inspiring and enriching people throughout my life and feel that I am continually learning and growing from encounters and friendships. We can take something from the briefest of interactions if we are open to it, I do love to talk to complete strangers, something that used to drive my children nuts when they were little because they were both so shy.

    I’m not outgoing or the life and soul I am quiet, I used to find people terrifying when I was young, but once I had left school and started working aged 16, little by little I started to find people interesting and fun. Now, something I used to fear more than anything, I love, and that is going to a party, workshop or an event where I know almost no one, because I love meeting new people even though it still takes some courage to make the first contact as I dislike drawing attention to myself, one place you’d never find me is on a stage in front of an audience. But I came to realise that people can be so interesting and can introduce you to new ideas and concepts and all sorts of things you never knew existed.

    2 years ago
  25. Kevin

    First, let me say that it seems that the Gratefulness team is beginning to “key” the Daily Question to the “Word For The Day,” again, which disappoints me. In my view, it turns the Daily Question into an editorial because it reflects the point of view of the Daily Question’s writer.

    For example, today’s Word For The Day contains the word “perspective,” as does today’s Daily Question. But the author of the Word For Day does not tell the reader what the change, or “shift,” in perspective will be, but the writer of today’s Daily Question does, by assuming that the change in perspective will inform me and be enriching.

    I certainly get that someone’s perspective can inform and enrich my life. That’s why I love being among other groups of people, in person and on this site. But upon hearing, and sometimes “feeling” another person’s perspective on a matter, it might also inform me in an alarming and distressing way too, which might not feel good, but could also serve a useful purpose as well. I get and support fully that a goal of Gratefulness.org would, and should be expected, to promote what is positive as a part of their mission. And my gosh, they do that so beautifully. I just wish that they wouldn’t reinterpret the meaning of the Word Of The Day in to the day’s Daily Question.

    2 years ago
    1. Mica

      Ah, but Kevin, you’re misquoting the Word – it’s ‘perception’ not ‘perspective’!
      The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see. 🤚🏿 🖐🏿

      DR. ROBERT HOLDEN

      2 years ago
    2. Howie Geib

      I (as usual) read and answered the question before reading the responses. I obviously get put in the box labeled ‘gained perspective and was crushed’ LOL…I suppose I am of the ilk that was in many respects in a bubble so am constantly getting enlightened as to the true nature of things. I have never read the quote of the day as part of my morning routine here so can’t speak to that. My absence of late has been due to a crazy work schedule (SO happy to have been so busy) and then, sometimes, the question just sits there and nothing comes…so I don’t write any contribution.

      I appreciate you SO much.

      2 years ago
    3. Iamme

      Absolutely, even negative contact and interaction has something to offer us.

      I’m new here and noticed the connection between the word for the day and the daily question, I think it would be more interesting if they were not connected some of the time.

      2 years ago
      1. Kevin

        Hello Iamme, most importantly, welcome! Glad that you are here! There are many, many wonderful people who frequent this site, and the organization itself is, in my view, pretty amazing. Hope that you continue to be here!

        2 years ago
        1. Iamme

          Thank you, it’s great to be here! Coming here is now part of my morning routine and it helps ground the start to my day along with a few other tools such as meditation and journaling.

          2 years ago
  26. Christine

    When? My whole life with my husband Karel has enriched me enormously. He had the gift of always looking at everything from different points of view. How has he enriched me? He was always mild in his judgment. I can’t see inside someone’s head, he said.

    2 years ago
    1. Kevin

      Beautiful, Christine. I wish I had known Karel, myself.

      2 years ago
      1. Christine

        Thank you, Kevin. They say, “To have a friend is to be one”. I think you two would have had a very beautiful friendship. This saying suits both of you.😊😊

        2 years ago

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