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S. A. J. Lyttek, a multiple award-winning writer, always loved writing, but didn’t arrive at the profession in the typical manner. After college and graduate school, she plunged into government consulting. In this environment, she discovered a knack for writing tests, interviews and other measurements. That soon became the focus of her career—reigniting her love for the written word. Thus captivated, she spent evenings freelancing “fun” writing including short stories, poems, articles and cards. When her eldest was a toddler, she quit full-time work to stay home and write. Eager to spend more time with her children, homeschooling intrigued her. From preschool through high school, she homeschooled both sons while continuing to freelance. An integral part of the homeschooling community, she has developed and taught writing classes to a generation of homeschoolers. Married to her childhood sweetheart, Gary, Mrs. Lyttek loves to share her commitment to homeschoolers and her fascination with the written word.

Our Limited Perspectives

10/17/2018 3:46:00 PM BY Susan Lyttek

I am not an artist, but I know that if you want to be one, you have to pay careful attention to perspective. Without the proper perspective, objects can seem too big, small, close or far. This reminds me of a scene in Jane Austen’s Emma. A group has assembled to see the reveal of Emma’s likeness of Miss Smith. Some say she’s too tall or the face not quite right. Even Emma’s father’s comment that Miss Smith looks too cold is a perspective—albeit not an artistic one.

Perspective, or how we view what we’re seeing—actually or figuratively—impacts how we relate to people and the world around us. But our perspective, even with the best of intentions, can be flawed.

When my sons were growing up, their notably different growth rates caused some in the medical profession to think I treated them differently. Once Karl could walk and until he hit his mid-teens, I would receive a recommended eating plan for his age whenever I left the doctor. The message was clear. They thought that I didn’t feed him enough and blamed me that he hovered around the 15th percentile on the growth charts—especially since his brother regularly exceeded the 90th. One nurse even asked Karl, not so innocently, about his favorite foods and then shut up when he waxed eloquently about the wonders of McDonald’s and Chick Fil-A!

Another lesson in perspective came last year when I witnessed an SUV vs. delivery truck accident. My opinion at the time was that the truck was entirely in the wrong since it had turned left from the center lane which was clearly marked straight only. Thus, I gave my business card to the driver of the SUV and told him he could pass it onto the police.

So the gentleman did as I suggested and gave my card to the police officer in charge, fairly certain that I would vindicate him.

However, as the officer reviewed the details with me, it became clear that I had been looking at the wrong signs. Looking at the signs in front of me as I pulled over to witness the accident gave me a faulty perception. Those signs indicated a right turn lane, a go straight ahead lane and a lane where you could turn left or go straight ahead. My brain assumed the same signs on the previous intersection.

My brain was wrong.

The earlier intersection had a left turn only, a right turn only and a go forward only. That put both of the drivers at fault.

It was a matter of misguided perspective and altered my take on reality. We can be 100% sure that we’re right, but if the perspective is off, we may find ourselves 100% wrong.

Only God’s perspective on this earthly coil is infallible. That fact gives me yet another reason to trust His word. Amen.