A Matter of Perspective // Positively Speaking // Mark Wilson

The rain had ended and a beautiful rainbow arched across the sky. “Isn’t this a wonderful day?” the sparrow chirped contentedly.

“That, my friend,” groaned the snail as he raised his mud soaked face, is a matter of perspective!”

How we view ourselves and others is also a matter of perspective. Life is a mirror which reflects our own funny faces.

We are strange ducks really — pointing out the flaws of others, while hiding from our own. It is easy to find shortcomings when you’re looking for them — but we rarely use the same measuring stick on ourselves.

“I’m confident; he’s conceited.”

“I’m diplomatic; she’s wishy-washy.”

“I tell it straight; he’s a rude jerk.”

“I have cultured tastes; she’s a snob.”

“I speak my mind; he has a big yap.”

It’s all a matter of perspective!

Things are not always what they seem to be. It’s easy to make snap judgements about other individuals when we have no idea concerning their background, motives, experience, and outlook on life.

Perhaps we think that our accusations will provide a smoke screen to cover our own obvious flaws. It doesn’t work. Squawkers are much more annoying than Squawkees!

Fault finders expose their own shortcomings by opening the mouth.

Move beyond the slough of selfish perspective and take another look at ourselves and those around us.

Attitude makes a big difference in how everything looks.

Remember the words of Jesus. “How can you remove the speck from your brother’s eye, when you have a plank in your own?”

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