Today I found myself thinking about point of view… and how point of view can really have an effect on us. What amazes me most about point of view is the reality that so often we do not realize that we can change the direction we face and find that we are in a different situation altogether.
This is what I find so fascinating about point of view – it is not just about being able to see life as a glass that is either half empty or half full, it is being able to look in different directions and see with new lenses. When I think of the views from my apartment, I can look out one window and see a barren dirt lot that is not very impressive or exciting, or I can look out another window and see gorgeous flowers in bloom. One view can make me depressed and the other can lift my mood and make me happy. Yet, I have to remember which window to look out. Sometimes I wonder if things can be that easy (they cannot always be, but perhaps sometimes they can be).
I also wonder what may happen if I am able to see beyond my own beliefs and perceptions in any situation I may encounter. If I am struggling with a colleague, if I am able to step out of my shoes and into theirs, is it possible that I may be able to find resolution quicker? I think this is a critical skill for us all to practice. And I believe if we are open to seeing things differently, we also open ourselves up to infinite life possibilities that we would have been denied.
Today, 262 days ’til 40, I am going to continually challenge myself to see through different lenses.