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Our Limited Perspectives
Wednesday, October 17, 2018 by Susan Lyttek

I am not an artist, but I know that if you want to be one, you have to pay careful attention to perspective. Without the proper perspective, objects can seem too big, small, close or far. This reminds me of a scene in Jane Austen’s Emma. A group has assembled to see the reveal of Emma’s likeness of Miss Smith. Some say she’s too tall or the face not quite right. Even Emma’s father’s comment that Miss Smith looks too cold is a perspective—albeit not an artistic one.

Perspective, or how we view what we’re seeing—actually or figuratively—impacts how we relate to people and the world around us. But our perspective, even with the best of intentions, can be flawed.

When my sons were growing up, their notably different growth rates caused some in the medical profession to think I treated them differently. Once Karl could walk and until he hit his mid-teens, I would receive a recommended eating plan for his age whenever I left the doctor. The message was clear. They thought that I didn’t feed him enough and blamed me that he hovered around the 15th percentile on the growth charts—especially since his brother regularly exceeded the 90th. One nurse even asked Karl, not so innocently, about his favorite foods and then shut up when he waxed eloquently about the wonders of McDonald’s and Chick Fil-A!

Another lesson in perspective came last year when I witnessed an SUV vs. delivery truck accident. My opinion at the time was that the truck was entirely in the wrong since it had turned left from the center lane which was clearly marked straight only. Thus, I gave my business card to the driver of the SUV and told him he could pass it onto the police.

So the gentleman did as I suggested and gave my card to the police officer in charge, fairly certain that I would vindicate him.

However, as the officer reviewed the details with me, it became clear that I had been looking at the wrong signs. Looking at the signs in front of me as I pulled over to witness the accident gave me a faulty perception. Those signs indicated a right turn lane, a go straight ahead lane and a lane where you could turn left or go straight ahead. My brain assumed the same signs on the previous intersection.

My brain was wrong.

The earlier intersection had a left turn only, a right turn only and a go forward only. That put both of the drivers at fault.

It was a matter of misguided perspective and altered my take on reality. We can be 100% sure that we’re right, but if the perspective is off, we may find ourselves 100% wrong.

Only God’s perspective on this earthly coil is infallible. That fact gives me yet another reason to trust His word. Amen.

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Susan Lyttek
1/9/2015

Ready Stance
Susan Lyttek
1/2/2015

Our Christmas Letter
Susan Lyttek
12/26/2014

Sharing Christmas, Part Two
Susan Lyttek
12/19/2014

Sharing Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/12/2014

Swedish Christmas Education
Susan Lyttek
12/5/2014

The Worry/Grumble Antidote
Susan Lyttek
11/28/2014

Milestone Days
Susan Lyttek
11/21/2014

Volunteer Education--via Operation Christmas Child
Susan Lyttek
11/14/2014

Veteran Education
Susan Lyttek
11/7/2014

Reformation Education
Susan Lyttek
10/31/2014

The Reluctant Vegetarian
Susan Lyttek
10/24/2014

What I Didn't, Couldn't Teach
Susan Lyttek
10/17/2014

Learning to Stand
Susan Lyttek
10/10/2014

Christian Work Ethic
Susan Lyttek
10/3/2014

Animal Education
Susan Lyttek
9/26/2014

Changing the Love of Learning
Susan Lyttek
9/19/2014

Blog Block
Susan Lyttek
9/12/2014

Educating Mom
Susan Lyttek
9/5/2014

The Debate
Susan Lyttek
8/29/2014

Interview with Jane, a non-homeschooling friend
Susan Lyttek
8/22/2014

The Homeschool Rebel
Susan Lyttek
8/15/2014

Other Countries, Other Peoples
Susan Lyttek
8/8/2014

George Washington Lessons
Susan Lyttek
8/1/2014

Interview with Heather Day Gilbert
Susan Lyttek
7/25/2014

A Creation Education
Susan Lyttek
7/18/2014

The Blessing of the Church
Susan Lyttek
7/11/2014

Free to Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
7/4/2014

The Best Thing
Susan Lyttek
6/27/2014

School Lite
Susan Lyttek
6/20/2014

Homeschooling Poetry
Susan Lyttek
6/13/2014

Homeschool Preschool
Susan Lyttek
6/6/2014

AWANAcation (or Awana Education)
Susan Lyttek
5/30/2014

Drowning in the Ideal Schedule
Susan Lyttek
5/23/2014

Penpal Encouragement: An Interview with Sandi
Susan Lyttek
5/16/2014

Unexpected Education
Susan Lyttek
5/9/2014

When Is a Homeschool Mom NOT a Homeschool Mom?
Susan Lyttek
5/2/2014

Relax, It's Just Writing
Susan Lyttek
4/25/2014

Purpose Driven Homeschool
Susan Lyttek
4/18/2014

The Heart of the Music
Susan Lyttek
4/11/2014

Music Lessons
Susan Lyttek
4/4/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 2)
Susan Lyttek
3/28/2014

Teaching My Testimony (Part 1)
Susan Lyttek
3/21/2014

Glimmers of Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
3/14/2014

Failed Days
Susan Lyttek
3/7/2014

Other Side of the Homeschool Table...Leanne Hanson
Susan Lyttek
2/28/2014

Fairy Tale Theology
Susan Lyttek
2/21/2014

Things I Love about Life and Homeschooling
Susan Lyttek
2/14/2014

Limitless Creativity by Bonnie Rose Hudson
Susan Lyttek
2/7/2014

Weaving Christ into Math
Susan Lyttek
1/31/2014

Paula Mowery Interview
Susan Lyttek
1/24/2014

Historic Field Trips
Susan Lyttek
1/17/2014

Snow Days... Homeschool Style
Susan Lyttek
1/10/2014

Homeschooled Mom Resolutions
Susan Lyttek
1/3/2014

Off Schedule
Susan Lyttek
12/27/2013

Teaching Christmas
Susan Lyttek
12/20/2013

The (Writerly) Benefits of Learning Together
Susan Lyttek
12/13/2013

Homeschooling reinforced that I am not perfect
Susan Lyttek
12/6/2013

And they said homeschooling would be easy...
Susan Lyttek
11/29/2013