Last night I went to a drum circle outside around a bonfire. It was freezing out. While everyone was drumming, a homeless guy showed up and joined the group.
I got to talking to him, and made a comment about how cold it was, and how the grass and the ground was frozen. The thought behind the comment was how it must be sleeping outside when it's so cold.
"Oh, it's much better like this," he said. "It's not so muddy."
After laughing at how my perspective had just been flipped on its head, I thought, "There's a blog post in that."
How is a homeless guy's perspective on cold vs. wet relevant to anything I talk about here? Simple. It was a fabulous reminder of the degree to which our realities are created by our perspectives. The things I talk about here may be higher up on the Maslow's hierarchy, but the idea is still the same. Our experience all depends on the lens we're looking through.
What's your perspective? Is your world filled with potential, or is everything conspiring to hold you down? Did you just learn something from that last mistake, or did it feel like yet another piece of evidence of what a hopeless screw-up you are? Is the future a flexible piece of art yet to be sculpted, or is it a rigid ride down the rails with an inevitable outcome?
It's hard to even be aware of the lens we're looking through. It's so much a part of our experience of the world that we inevitably mistake it for reality itself. But the impact it has - positive or negative - can be enormous.
Stop for a minute and ask yourself, "What is my perspective?" What is my perspective on work? What is my perspective on success? What is my perspective on being able to bring a vibrant sense of joy into my everyday world? What is my perspective on what I can or can't do?
Make yourself a list of perspectives you want to examine, then take a look. You probably have perspectives that support the future you want to create, and you probably have perspectives that get in the way. The key is being aware of them so you can either reinforce them or begin the work of changing them.
Brought to you by Curt Rosengren, Passion Catalyst TM