Without looking at the second picture, look at the picture below; can you guess what it is?
Did you get it? Probably because the picture is right below, but let’s step back and look at it from a different perspective.
I got this trick from the movie Soul Surfer. Before I started watching this movie I thought it was going to be just nothing sappy story but this was a truly inspirational movie. These pictures above are one reason why. In the movie they show other close up pictures and teach the kids that sometimes all you need is a change of perspective. Of course, they used a PowerPoint and it was easier to hide the second picture but I hope this still had the same effect. Sometimes all you need to do is step back to find a solution or see things in a new light.
Has this ever happened to you? You drop something and spend 10 minutes standing in one spot looking for it and never find it; however, once you change your position, change your perception, you find it in a second. This is what we need to do in life. Instead of standing in one spot and looking at things the way they appear first, try looking at it differently. If you miss your bus, do not just look at it as you will be late for work, although you will probably have to deal with that once you get to work; look at it as an opportunity to experience something new, a new route to work, new people to meet, and if it happens enough a new job search.
Now I am not saying to analyze everything you ever do to find another meaning but sometimes it could not hurt. A lot of times we get too close to situations and let our emotions cloud our judgment. Sometimes it helps to step back from a situation and look from a different view point and maybe even ask someone on the outside. This can help us to see the things that are really important and make the choices we really have to make.
Changing your perspective can not only give you a new lease on life but it can help you make your life more meaningful. That random run in with an old friend can turn into a the growth of a lifelong friendship. That missed dinner reservation could lead to the discovery of your new favorite restaurant. The layoff from your last job could be the begin of the start of your new career in something you always wanted to try. As the cliché goes (how I love to use clichés), “If you change the way you look at things, the thing you look at will change.”
I am going to start to step back from situation when I need to find a solution and think differently about something. Has there ever been a time when you changed your perception of a situation that allowed you to find a different meaning to it?