Is It Time for You to Change Your Perspective?

Change Your Perspective

Recently, Chris, Skyla, and I were taking our usual stroll around the pond. It was twilight, and the air was just starting to cool off as the sun set.

Chris and I were holding hands and talking about our days and our plans for the weekend. Skyla was sniffing the ground intently (that’s where all the good smells are!).

Skyla eventually lifted her head and began trotting down the path. Suddenly, her head darted straight up. She was clearly startled by something.

Then she walked forward with her head raised and her eyes focused on something in the distance. We had seen this focused look before when she’s stalking a squirrel, but never when she was looking up.

It was totally out of character for our puppy, and we were a little worried.

“What’s she looking at?” Chris asked.

There were no tall buildings, no trees, no airplanes, no flying birds, nothing! We followed the path of her gaze and searched the sky. Then we saw it—

“The moon!” I gasped. “She’s looking at the moon!”

It was obvious now. Skyla’s eyes were transfixed on the glowing full moon…and I wondered if this was the first time she had seen it.

We stopped talking and walked together, all 3 of us looking at the moon. It was one of the most beautiful moments we had spent together as a family. I think Skyla thought we’d actually reach that white ball if we kept moving towards it.

Finally, the moon disappeared behind the trees, and Skyla lowered her head as if she was released from a trance. We all snapped back to reality and went inside to resume our normal nighttime routines.

Skyla’s encounter with the moon got me thinking about how each of us could use a change of perspective once in a while. If we keep looking at things from the same angle, we might miss the beauty that’s all around us.

Maybe you could drive a different route to work, strike up a conversation with someone new, or read a book in a genre you normally would have passed over. Look at the world with fresh eyes and be open to what’s out there.

Is it time for you to change your perspective?

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  1. Sarah @ This Is What I Eat on August 15, 2013 at 4:51 pm

    What a beautiful moment and a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing with with us. I was thinking the same thing as Molly, the full moon does weird things 😉

    Again, your timing seems to be impeccable. I’ve been working on changing my perspective a lot lately. For the past 3 or 4 years I’ve been focused on a food blog, hoping to turn it into something. I’ve recently taken a step back from it and I’ve grown to realize that the only thing that it has turned into is an unhealthy relationship with food. So that’s part of the reason why I’ve taken a step back and I’m looking into focusing my attention back to things that make me happy and excited rather than stressing over food.

  2. Molly on August 15, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    What a great story! I love special moments like that. They’re so simple yet so powerful. I wonder if the full moon was bringing out the wild side in Skyla? 🙂

    I use my camera to help change my perspective. It’s definitely helped me to see things that I normally wouldn’t see & to seek out those simple, perfect things more.

  3. Shybiker on August 15, 2013 at 5:59 am

    Charming story, valuable post. I agree that changing our perspective can be tremendously enriching. I’ve been feeling lately that my life is too staid, too conventional (mostly from working too much) and I wanted to reanimate my creative energy. So two days ago I set a deliberate course to do that, resulting in yesterday’s blogpost which may lose me some followers (the traditional ones) but gained me a new view on the possibilities of my life. That’s a perspective I need to energize my enthusiasm for life.

    • Sage Grayson on August 15, 2013 at 7:06 am

      I agree. I seem to lose my creativity when I work too much. I do better when I take a break or do something completely unrelated to work for a while.
      I’m going to check out your new post right now! I’m intrigued. 🙂