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“Change is not a four letter word… but often your reaction to it is!” ~Jeffrey Gitomer

Nothin’ but Good Stuff.

June 29, 2017

Perspective is everything.

 

 

Perspective governs our lives, and yet much of the time we are completely oblivious to that. Hurtling our way through our days, we react to people and circumstances around us as if the whole truth is contained in how WE see things.

 

This Sunday Debbie Jump will share the children’s book at the the second service. She will be reading a book called They All Saw a Cat. It is a beautiful visual illustration of the way a number of different animals see the same cat; obviously, their perception is based on their own size, nature, and perspective.

 

We recently watched a video about the incredibly transformative experience astronauts had upon seeing Earth from space. Their whole lives were changed by that new perspective.

 

We live in a very visual society; many of us are overly reliant on our physical vision to define how we view the world. But if we base our perspective on physical sight, we lack true vision. That’s one of the reasons Helen Keller (whose birthday was yesterday) inspires me so much. Her capacity to live fully, to empathize deeply, to see truth vividly, challenges me to broaden my perspective. To expand my vision. To “see with my heart.”

 

Shoni Labowitz, a wonderful mystic rabbi, invites us to love our limitations, “as though they were the gift of a new perspective, wrapped in a beautiful package that is now available to you.”  ~out of her book, Miraculous Living

 

Perspective is everything.

 

Love,
Peggy

 

Quote to ponder: The eighth-century Chinese Zen master P’an-shan had his first satori (enlightenment-glimpse) while walking through a marketplace. He overheard a customer tell the butcher, “Cut me some of the good stuff”; the butcher replied, “Hey, take a look – nothing but good stuff!” This was just the catalyst P’an-shan needed. He took a look, perhaps, at the ground, the sky, the people in their bustle of buying and selling . . . and everywhere he saw nothing but good stuff. 
Dean Sluyter

 

 

 

 

 

Peggy Christiansen is the Spiritual Leader at Unity of Fort Collins. She has over 25 years of ministry experience working with diverse populations, a M.Div. from San Francisco Theological Seminary, and a special interest in helping people find and/or develop their unique spiritual paths. Listen to podcasts of her Sunday talks.