It's All in the Perspective
Aug 10, 2011 by Lisa A Kramer
"I can't believe we have a summer home!" Sarah KramerLeeNathan and I couldn't help but laugh at Sarah's perspective on our summer lives. While my idea of a summer home might be more like this:
[caption id="attachment_3560" align="aligncenter" width="482" caption="A dream home by the lake in Okoboji, IA"][/caption]
with the ability to do this on a regular basis:
[caption id="attachment_3561" align="aligncenter" width="482" caption="Heading back to the dock to hang out after a lovely boat ride."][/caption]
to Sarah that doesn't matter. In her mind, and her perspective, this simple little cabin is our "summer home."
[caption id="attachment_3562" align="aligncenter" width="482" caption="At the cabin at Okoboji Summer Theatre 2010."][/caption]
To Nathan this place is
"like going back for a family reunion after not seeing them for a while."It is a place to focus purely on doing good theater and quality work without other things interfering. In some ways, then, to Nathan it is a home, but it is also a job and an experience that he values every year.
My perspective becomes a little more complicated. If this is a family reunion, then I am the awkward black sheep relative--the one who wants to make her way into the family circle and does not know how. I recognize and value the wonderful creative atmosphere of this place, as well as the work ethic. I crave to be allowed to contribute to this work using the skills I bring with me, because I do have the talent to participate on an equal level. But, for a number of complicated reasons, I don't feel that I have a role or a position to play here, beyond being part of this extended family. So, from my perspective, I can't quite call it a summer home of my own--rather it is closer to the summer home that I hold in my dreams but have yet to really achieve.
I know that I'll never achieve the true dream summer home, which requires an inflow of money that could only happen if I win the lottery. But I wonder if, with a slight change of perspective, I can begin to see this place as simply OUR SUMMER HOME.
Only time will tell.
What kinds of things do you think change depending on the perspective?
"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." Marcus Aurelius