What is your view of the world and how do you judge people that don’t see things your way? I was watching my 3 year old daughter walk through a crowd this weekend and thought to myself that all she sees is adult butts all day long. Her entire world view is based on a ‘below the waist’ perspective.

We’re all guilty of only seeing things our way and judging others for not seeing things from our perspective. Yet intellectually we know that if we all had the same thoughts and ideas then how boring our world would be.

Recognizing that we are constantly judging people from our perspective and then allowing for a little curiosity about why they don’t see the world the way we do can help broaden perspective and also increase empathy.

So the next time you’re quick to judge someone’s perspective, think of my 3 year old looking at butts all day, smile and give the other person’s perspective a chance.

“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.” – Marcus Aurelius