Perspective – pərˈspektiv/. noun
1. the art of drawing solid objects on a two-dimensional surface so as to give the right impression of their height, width, depth, and position in relation to each other when viewed from a particular point. “a perspective drawing”
2. a particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.
A SEVEN-SECOND PERSPECTIVE-SHIFTING CONVERSATION WITH JOEY. OCTOBER, 2003.
Joey: “What are you doing here?”
Me: “Well, I just came down to see you,”
Joey: “Oh yeah? You would have to come down to see a guy like me.”
Ouch! This response more than rattled me. He’s got this wrong! That’s not what I’m doing. That’s not what I meant! Flustered, I fumbled through a quick conversation and we parted ways.
That’s not what I’m doing, right? As I thought deeply about his words later that night, I moved from flustered to convicted. I realized that he was right. That was my attitude. He detected it long before I did.