I had an “aha moment” recently I want to share with you on this Monday. It is about changing your perspective. I took the above photo recently when I was on a run, but it wasn’t the first photo I took of these flowers. Below, however, is the initial photo.
And when I looked at the above initial photo, well, it just wasn’t right. On film, the view before me was captured as grey and bleak and all together not good. So, I changed my perspective. I walked up to the flowers and I turned the camera upwards, hoping to capture the blue in the sky and the brightness of the orange flowers. I literately change the camera angle, and I think we can all agree that it is a much better shot that what I initially wanted to share with you. Right?!
Changing the camera angle was easy enough, but it required me to pause and think about another way to do something. Sometimes it is rather challenging to stop and see a situation from a different perspective. There is both internal and external resistance that needs to be faced head on. For example, internal resistance could be thinking if you changed directions then all the work you’ve done up to that point was a failure. Whereas external resistance could be reacting to a differing opinion on how to handle things from a friend and thinking that it means you do not have any good ideas or that they don’t trust you. In both these situations, it is just our ego talking, telling us if we change directions or consider another’s point of view, then we are not good enough. Silly ego. That is so far from the truth!
On this Monday, let’s quiet the ego and make a slight switch. Let’s think of a situation and switch the perspective. Wear blue instead of black. Try that green juice and not coffee. Just think for a moment what it would mean if the other person had a good point, or if you did want to abandon your initial efforts and pivot your direction. Just try it – for it is quite possible you’ll end up with (or in) something more beautiful.