27 October 2008
Perspective (noun): a. the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed; b. the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance.
Our modern world has a perspective that is alarmingly askew. The angle in which we view the importance of this world's components is, dare I say, a mile off.
Many have developed ideas that if they were only wealthy, better looking, famous, and so forth, that then, and only then, life would be satisfying. Having known wealthy, beautiful, and famous people, I can confirm that people having obtained such things have often confessed that if anything, upon gaining these things, their problems heightened and they were more unsatisfied than before.
Upon obtaining wealth, one will often want to be wealthier. Upon possessing beauty, one will want to be flawless. Upon becoming famous in a country, one will want all of the world to know their name. Good, is most often, never good enough.
As well as, though an enormous number of our population believes differently, none of these achievements we strive for guarantee happiness. A tragic and recent witness to this truth, in the fashion industry, is Ruslana Korshunova, a model, who plunged to her death from her apartment's balcony, a supposed suicide.
As terribly shaking and horrific as Ruslana's story is, I believe it was a wake-up call for many who viewed models with the idea that being as beautiful would make them happy and everything in life alright. Many noted after Ruslana's death that she was proof that being viewed as a beautiful being does not, in any way, equal contentment, and that we will always have human struggles no matter our given circumstance.
Recently I had a life-altering transformation of my perspective on life. Interestingly enough, when what I wanted most as a person, changed to something focused on others and the greater-good, my desires for materialistic and superficial things had no choice but to fall beneath in importance to this.
Suddenly I could think of my appearance and beauty, and shrug my shoulders in indifference. No longer will my appearance aide my goals or my happiness, therefore it no longer steals my concern or attention.
Our perspectives need not, and should not, be the same. However I highly recommend you consider at times where your perspectives is at, and whether, overall, it is focused on what you truly want, and that it hasn't been mindlessly adjusted just to mirror the perspective of our superficial world.
In anything, we are often benefited from taking ownership of our unique perspective. This even applies to us as a blogging community, as blogs are perhaps most delightful when they are a reflection of ourselves and our individual perspective.
Do you know where your perspective of life is at? What is your perspective of what's important in life? Success? Family? Wealth? Fame? Other? Do you wish to change your perspective to focus on something different? Are you open in sharing your unique perspective, or do you often just go along with what others say and believe? Other thoughts?
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