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Monday, 27 June 2011 16:59

Perspective

…A friend of mine asked me to write about perspective. He gave me a broad outline and a deadline. I jumped at the chance then got writers block. Isn’t that always the way?

What insight could I offer? What new thought could I offer that would inspire readers?

Here I was faced with a challenge and nothing to write about.

 

As luck would have it not long after that I was at a conference where one of the topics as about Transformational Leadership and the speaker and engaging woman called Jennifer Garvey-Berger. And guess what – it was all on perspective. At one point she read out a quote by Carl Sagan “consider again that dot (earth as viewed from beyond Saturn), that’s there. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you’ve ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. That aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilizations, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar”, every “supreme leader”, every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there – on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.”

 

It made me stop and think how often do I change my perspective? How often do I walk in someone else’s shoes? And if I did – what would I discover about them and about myself?  When was the last time I stepped right out and looked at the world through new eyes?

 

As it turns out, as enlightened or constructive as I think I am, I don’t do it very often at all. In fact I get caught up in the every busi-ness of life like everyone else.  What I needed to do was “pull my head out of the proverbial” and reconnect with my life and with nature. Sit out beyond Saturn and view my life through a new lens. Renew and rejuvenate so that I had space to take a new perspective. What I have found is that when I am caught up in my own ‘stuff’ in my head I have very little time for the stuff that matters – Just Being. Being true to myself, noticing what is going on in my body, noticing what is going on in the lives of my friends and connecting with them at a level that matters, taking time out to renew.

 

I challenge you all to step away from the loom of your life, away from the weft and weave of the everyday and take a BIG step back to see the bigger picture that you are creating for not just for yourself but for all generations to come.  And if you are bold perhaps you will sit out beyond Saturn and notice that everything is made insignificant by the vastness of space and time.

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