Dear Why Team member,
I hope this week’s message will provide a helpful perspective on your amazing life and all its possibilities.
It’s amazing how a shift in perspective can shift our attitudes in just about every situation. But as Andrew Carnegie once said, “We were not born with judgment, that only comes with experience.” Judgment, or perspective, is part of our individuality. What one sees (perspective) can determine what one feels (emotion) about any given situation. If we are in pursuit of more positive emotions rather than negative emotions, which is the case for most people, our greatest tool has to be our own ability to shift perspective; to see more than what is automatically seen by our acculturated habituated minds.
We can leverage the feelings we feel in the heat of any moment as a clue to the exploration of a new view. If the feeling is that of anger, anxiety, worry, hmm, how may I adjust my perspective?
This week consider developing all the more your ability to shift your perspective. In Simon Sinek’s book Start With Why he shares a powerful insight: “Leaders think differently, believe differently and challenge the status quo.” The status quo being what the majority thinks. The best leaders among us help us shift our perspectives, help us to see what was hidden from the status quo of our habitual minds. Isn’t that why we enjoy speeches and readings that awaken us to what was previously in the dark for us? And doesn’t more light on any situation help us to incorporate what that situation might have to teach us?
I love perspective. It may be the most valuable thing we can find for ourselves and offer to others. Find perspective; another way to see whatever you or another might be going through. For most of us, we truly can’t see the forest for the trees, yet this very saying is an invitation to back up and gain a helpful perspective. We can be so focused on the “Bark” of one tree that we forget the awesome forest around us.
It’s part of being human. But this is where together we become better. Together we can assist each other, remind each other, that there is more to see than what currently meets the eye.
I will never forget a particular session with one of my life coaches, where I was blinded by a particular issue that was challenging me. His advice was to go on-line and lookup Earthrise; it’s a view from the Moon of our planet hit by light taken by astronaut William Anders during the Apollo 8 mission. It was my coach’s way of backing me up far enough to see how small my issue really was - and to awaken me to all the blessings I could count. Isn’t it added perspective that can often calm us down just a bit to find the solution or at least the next step that might be best for us to take?! Consider this wisdom from Marcus Aurelius’: “a man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.”
When troubled, are your thoughts feeding your current state of mind, generated from the place of pain or are your thoughts, generated from a broader perspective, taking into consideration all the positives you’re enjoying to help you heal?
In this New Year, consider how new perspectives may help you live your best life ever. Seek out new ways of seeing and don’t believe everything you think; especially the thinking that is limiting your possibilities - and don’t be afraid to reach out for help to get new perspectives; such as this one from Audrey Hepburn:
“Nothing is impossible, the word itself says ‘I’m possible.”
Our very existence is a miracle - so why not live a miraculous life.
Now, with some added Perspective,
Make it a great week!