Monday, July 12, 2010

Taking Another Perspective

I find myself discussing perspective a lot lately.  In this case, when I talk about 'perspective,' I mean the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed point of view.  It's a person's capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance that most interests me.  Of course from a writing standpoint, point of view is an essential part of communicating a story to a reader and also, in developing a character whether they are credible or not.  How a character perceives their surroundings is vital to plot, psychological state and setting.  Interestingly, most people do not perceive any place quite the same.  Why is this?  Mostly, because each person's perspective is enhanced or distorted by personal experiences that are related, stored and referenced by our minds.  

When I awoke this morning, I went through my ritualistic procedure of stretching followed by an exhaled groan.  However, this time I decided to take note of the day's weather by viewing it upside down through the window located above my headboard.  The angle of the treetops framed by the window pane and accompanied by the diffuser, framed pictures and glass bottle (all upside down) was fascinating.  The objects that I'd grown indifferent to and hardly noticed took on an entirely new perspective and instantly retrieved a childhood memory that I had stored somewhere in my brain.  

When I was little I remember taking my mother's hand mirror and holding it so it reflected the image of the ceiling.  Then while only looking in the mirror, I walked through the house stepping over ceiling fixtures and archways.  It was as if I was defying the laws of gravity.  The entire house was upside down and in that moment became the most amazing, imaginary place in the world.  When I put the hand mirror away everything, including the upside world of my house, returned to normal.  It was the perspective of this experiment that often inspired my creativity and imagination.  So, I encourage everyone to take a moment to look at something you view everyday from another perspective.  If you're like me, you will find the mundane extraordinary even if it is just for a moment.   

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