Word of the day: PRISM

- A medium that distorts, slants, or colors whatever is viewed through it.

Why, you may ask, did I choose this particular word as my word of the day? I did so because, in my humble opinion, it offers insight as to how we deal with an assortment of life experiences. Each person comes into this life in a particular manner and is thrust into a life of various experiences, responsibilities, opportunities, relationships, careers, etc.

In business, those in authority often find themselves dealing with an assortment of personalities and backgrounds. While effective leadership hinges on consistency and responsibility, a good leader will know his or her “audience” when implementing strategies and, in some cases, delving out reprimand. Hearing the employees’ account of an incident is the vital first step before a decision is made. The “prism” the employee looks through is more often than not different from that of the supervisor. Each has their role and approaches it according to their perspective and experience, or lack thereof.

In relationships the same applies. The spouse that balances the checkbook is ever aware of the status of the bank account. The spouse that isn’t may not understand why that seemingly innocent purchase they made was the wrong thing at the wrong time. The financial “prism” is skewed between the two. Of course, that’s only one example of the countless quarrels that erupt in a marriage. From in-laws to children, the eventuality of tension is often unavoidable. That is unless you try to see the situation at hand from the “prism” of the other.

And speaking of children, in my former days of working in mental health, the program director made the comment that parents should literally get on their hands and knees and view the world and their home from the perspective of their child. In doing so, the room is much larger. The objects are even more interesting and tempting. Through the innocence and limited experience of the child, their world and everything in it are far different from that of the parents'.

I’m tempted to drone on, as my mind is full of examples. Just remember: some people see the beautiful colors in a prism. Others see different shades of the same colors from their vantage point. So, whether you are a business leader, a married person, a parent, or a sibling, stop to consider why the other person’s view is different. In times of disagreement this will in the very least offer patience and understanding. And that’s always a good thing.

~ By: Mark Reid

Please support our sponsors and advertisers

© 2024 CBA Media Group. All rights reserved.

Sir Magazine has strict sourcing guidelines and relies on peer-reviewed studies, academic research institutions, and medical associations. We avoid using tertiary references.

Send us a message

For faster response, please text your question(s) directly to: 832.883.1675

Press Releases

We need content! For fastest response, please send PDF to: Clamos@CBAmediagroup.com or upload below.

Writing Opportunities

We need content! But since we’re new, we don’t have enough revenue to pay at the moment. This s an opportunity for you to add to your portfolio of published writings

Topics vary, so go with your strong suit. Images or image ideas are accepted, but not required or necessary. We can handle the graphics … it’s what we do best!

For fastest response, send an email to: Clamos@CBAmediagroup.com or upload below.