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A New Perspective

by Janet Lee Stinson

I am known at school for the characteristic clickety clack of my teacher shoes down freshly polished hallways. I take the stairs two at a time to make sure I make it to class on time. In normal everyday life, it is the same. I always do my grocery shopping as if I am on a spree. Sometimes timing myself. (My record is 6 minutes for an entire week’s worth of shopping). Recently, I seriously injured my knee and have been ordered off of it for 6 weeks. Needless to say, my life has changed.

Because of my injury, I am forced to take my time getting to places. Doing small jobs takes four times the amount of time it used to. Using the chalkboard is no more. Circulating around the room…nearly impossible. I must be wheeled around grocery stores in a chair and utilize handicapped spaces at events. My life’s circumstance is forcing me to see from a new perspective.

It seems like the world around me is in HD these days. I notice the details and actually have the time to take it all in. Makes me wonder about all those years of clickety clacking down crowded hallways. How many faces have I missed? How many details have I rushed on by in my pursuit of whatever I thought was more important? Maybe this is exactly what I needed.


Is anyone else out there seeing a new perspective for the first time? I’d love to read about your experience.


Janet Lee has been an English teacher/Department Chair, Nipissing University Reading Part 3 Instructor, Student Success Literacy Consultant, and Nelson Literacy 7-10 instructional writer and media specialist. Janet Lee recently presented literacy resources at The Great Moon Gathering in Fort Albany, Ontario. She enjoys maintaining her blog This Side of the Mirror-A Journey Through Reflection to communicate with teachers and address current issues in education.




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  • http://adunsiger.com Aviva Dunsiger (@avivaloca)

    Janet Lee, I just had to reply to this blog post of yours. I’m not seeing a new perspective for the first time, but your post makes me want to slow down and see what I might be missing. I’m always the one rushing down the hallway, zooming up the stairs, and never sitting down in the classroom (I don’t even have a desk). I never thought that these would be bad things, and maybe they aren’t, but it sounds like your injury has made you see the smaller things in life that you were missing before. I wonder what smaller things I’m missing too. So this week, I’m going to try to slow down just a bit. Maybe I’ll sit back and watch the students in the classroom for a few minutes, instead of just circulating around. I wonder what I’ll see. Thanks for reminding me about the importance of slowing down. (I hope that your knee is feeling better!)