I really love the expression: To gain perspective.
It is so true that through life experiences, stresses, loss, success, life and death, past and future…one is constantly in clash with his own image of his own self, his surroundings, and his reality in general. A person would find himself looking closer within and without in an effort to seek meaning and reflect ways to understand, to cope, and/or overcome these challenges. Having this closer look is just like someone looking at a familiar picture closer, deeper, more carefully, paying attention to details; until he starts to see the same picture in a totally different, clearer way. He has “gained” perspective.
“THE LATE Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist and survivor of Hitler’s concentration camps, often helped his patients gain perspective, and when he successfully did this, it changed their lives. When you know how to gain perspective, your life will be changed, and you’ll be better able to help others.” (Source)
Todd Goldfarb wrote:
“As human beings it is inevitable that at some point in our lives we will develop feelings of sadness, hopelessness and even depression. These emotions can be brought on by something personal like losing a job, a failed relationship, or a serious health issue for you or a loved one; or sometimes they are triggered by something more global like corrupt political systems, war, or the knowledge that there are starving children all over the world… gaining perspective amid these rough times. Living with perspective means always looking at your life from the 10,000 foot level, and when you entrain yourself to pull back and view yourself from this height things begin to look a little different. More often than not, they begin to look much better.”
Our Maker Hath programmed us to evolve and grow mentally as well as physically in order to sort of metamorphose into a better version of ourselves to fit with the current stage or event that we are going through at the moment. If we do not use this mental ability, humans who get stuck and trapped in the same old perspective…they tend to get depressed and/or suffer mental and/or psychological disorders. People who are stuck in their own point of view tend to shrink within themselves and become deformed beings at the worst case, fixed and sort of blind to the truth.
This concept of “gaining perspective” so that we see a better, clearer picture, gain deeper understanding, notice details and connections that we overlooked before, and eventually reach the truth is a wonderful trait that makes us who we are as humans.
God Says in the Quran:
[41:53] Soon will We show them Our Signs in the (farthest) horizons, and within themselves, until it becomes manifest to them that it is the Truth…
The Quran Encourages People to Contemplate & Think For Themselves:
Indeed, the most disliked created beings in the Sight of God are the deaf and the dumb who do not use their intellect. (Quran, 8:22)
You shall not accept any information, unless you verify it for yourself. I have given you the hearing, the eyesight, and the brain, and you are responsible for using them. (Quran, 17:36)
The Quran Discourages Blindly Following Ancestral Ways and Religious Preachers:
O you who believe, many religious leaders and preachers take people’s money illicitly, and repel from the path of God. (Quran, 9:34)
And they (the common people) will say: O our Sustainer! Behold, we paid heed unto our leaders and our great men, and it is they who have led us astray from the right path! (Quran, 33:67)
If you obey the majority of people on earth, they will lead you astray from God’s way. Most of the people follow nothing but conjecture and they only live by guesswork. (Quran, 6:116)”
This great tool, once we apply it and begin to see things differently in a clearer way, enables us to have that Ahaa moment- the machine inside of us will suddenly come to life, we will experience an epiphany … a clarity of vision that will enable us to understand our reality better. Furthermore, it will also enable us to understand others even better, build bridges, communicate on a deeper, more profound level that will enhance our empathy and connections with others and their beliefs and traditions. We will start to accept one another’s differences with grace and humanity.
Let us all go ahead, reflect, ponder, look deep within ourselves and into the horizon; let us challenge these old notions and assert our preconceived norms and ask ourselves bravely: Is this the truth, does it make sense, what are the proofs? Why I am doing this or believing in that? Is it because it is the truth? Or, because I was told that it is by everyone else? Let us continue to grow and live healthy in mind, spirit, and soul…Let us gain perspective.