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  • Applying Perspective

    Posted On 18 May, 2017

     

    Harry Boot  |  Year 12, 2017 |  School Captain:

     

    I’ve been thinking about the idea of putting things into Perspective - especially after last night when our student-led Social Basketball Program started up again.

     

    To me, the idea of putting things in Perspective is especially evident when working with people with any sort of disability. In the past I’ve talked about stress and the things with which we struggle that are real and significant. I’m not trying to reduce the impact of those stresses. But, Perspective can be a good way to evaluate certain things in life.

     

    In being part of the Social Basketball, I can’t but help notice the smiles and enjoyment that these kids with disabilities get out of dribbling a ball and eating lamingtons. Seeing this happiness - despite their daily struggle with disabilities - is inspiring and also helps me to realise that the things I am stressed about are not really so great.

     

    As students, one of the most challenging things in our lives is school and the work it involves; but for someone with a disability school is a fun and exciting way to escape their challenges.

     

    This realisation has me wondering how exactly the same thing can possibly be such a burden on one person and the best part of the day for someone else! This difference in experience is all about Perspective. Take from that what you will, but it certainly helps me to realise that life on Sydney’s Northern Beaches coupled with good health is, on the whole, not too bad.

     

    Another way to put things in Perspective is to think about our past worries and how little they matter now. I thought about this the other day.

     

    When I was shopping at the Mall, I saw an old man sitting by himself eating his lunch. I thought to myself that I could never do that but then I recognised that the only difference between me and him was about 60 years. He was probably like me one day, worried about eating his lunch alone but on that day he just didn't care. His past worry of eating alone is now gone and he probably doesn’t even think about it anymore. From his Perspective it doesn’t matter.

     

    The point is that the things that worry us do change, and applying Perspective can help us see and understand that it’s probably not as bad as we first think.