I was at the front desk of my local recreation centre chatting with the staff person encircling my wrist with the appropriate coloured band of the day.
She asked me how my day was going.
“Excellent,” I replied. I told her that I had no bombs falling on my head as was happening to many people in Ukraine. I was lucky to have a full fridge and a warm, comfortable place to sleep.
She responded, “You’ve got that I had that right.”
Then she told me about her young daughter, who was gaining skills with spelling. Recently she accomplished her hardest word yet – perspective.
She said that learning that word is probably one of the most helpful words she could remember. How she looks at things impacts how she feels. It gives her more resiliency in her life.
Later as I was doing my workout, I thought about a sports team. They had wins in their last five games—an impressive winning streak. Unfortunately, game 6 saw a lead quickly evaporate into a tie at the end of regulation play. They lost in overtime.
So how could this new situation be described? Well, it depends on what you are trying to do with the description.
The five-game winning streak ended.
They haven’t lost a game in the last six outings.
Opponents of the team would favour the former, while fans of the team would prefer the latter. A win in game seven would keep the streak going.
And my last example involves looking at a picture of a footprint in the soil. If the sunlight is coming from the top left, we interpret it as an impression in the ground. If the sunlight is coming from the bottom right, we see the impression as being raised above the surface. How strange. Try it next time you have a photo with shadows showing relief. Now turn it upside down.
Please give this a bit of a think.
What is a recent situation you identified a certain way? How did it make you feel and react? Now flip that perspective. What choice would be most beneficial to you? Do you still have time to choose a perspective that leaves you feeling more optimistic?
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