No Comments The first turning point came when our car initially broke down in Hawaii. I was 6, miles away in Delaware, caring for my 90 year-old-parents. Well, really, just my Dad. Mom had a few falls but still made mashed potatoes from scratch and watched over Dad to make sure he ate.
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These thoughts prompted contemplation with regard to my personal turning points. I found repeatedly that as I reflected on my many turning points, I become more deeply grateful for them and the realization of how I had been blessed through them. Turning points caused me to Turning points at my life through a different prism.
My thoughts were guided by a recent introduction to prisms in a way quite different from my previous view.
My technically focused education introduced me to prisms and their unique effects many years ago in physics classes. But now I saw them more figuratively as prisms related to our viewpoints. I found the following descriptions useful as a basis.
Figuratively then it reveals the detailed truth about any viewpoint. How then can this fact help understanding our viewpoints? Prism Viewing Prism viewing affords the person the ability to see the elements of life in finest details of the heretofore unseen.
Depending on the choice of prism we engage, we will see the beauty or the ugly, the good or the evil of a scene in our life.
The prism of anger opened up many unseen minute details of what in general had prompted anger in the first place. Unchecked, it would create a spiraling effect ultimately resulting in an unprovoked physical action.
On the contrary, the prism of kindness produced a very different perspective of the same situation. The kindness prism opened visions of fine details of what may have caused an otherwise angered response.
With kindness there was opportunity for one to see new ways to assuage whatever was awry. Prompted with this prism view we would be enabled to reach out and help resolve situations and potentially reconcile the issues at hand.
I expect some readers will take issue with this viewpoint, citing righteous anger in the face of some injustice. Of course that perspective has it merit.
I propose one looks at this from the standpoint of the outcome of the revelation of the prismatic view. Does it produce good or does it produce evil?
It is important to realize and appreciate that we have full control as to what prism we choose to view our life circumstances. These thoughts prompted me to investigate positive prisms available.
It was very obvious that the negative prisms are many fold. With little thought, here are some negative prisms that come to mind: To better understand the positive prism arrows that populate my personal quiver, I went to my reliable source, the Holy Bible. There I found the following: Against such there is no law.
This passage provides a concise but thorough list of positive prisms. As usual, I go to the Message Bible to see an additional word set to describe these qualities.
He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people.
We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. With these perspectives, I found that the careful choosing of appropriate prisms produced results very beneficial for me.
New opportunities to be a blessing for someone seemed to appear more often. I found more words that expanded the population of my prism quiver beyond the nine in the referenced scripture. Words like Graciousness, Meekness, Accessibility, Altruistic, Availability, Understanding, Compassion, and Humbleness described more quality positive prisms from which to choose.
What remained for me was mastering the act, or art, of choosing the appropriate prism for every circumstance. Communion with the Holy Spirit offered the opportunity for His influence on my choices, making each one progressively more beneficial.About Dr.
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