Our attention will determine our interpretation.
What thoughts and feelings come to mind when you see the photo below?
Now, same question as you expand the view and context of the photo?
Hmm. Marriages performed juxtaposed with a bedpan–with a prickly little cactus.
How about this view?
My, my. Marriages performed connected to a bedpan with a smirking vulture (with beads, no less) standing guard.
When I first saw the scene (in Cedar Key, Florida), my eyes were immediately drawn to the vulture. “Is this an art gallery or second-hand shop?” As my eyes drifted to the right, I saw the sign. I said to Laurie, “I’ve got to have a photo of that. It’s priceless.”
It was not until later in the day that I spied the bedpan. I laughed at what I had missed and another spin on the message popped into my mind.
A scene, situation, or dilemma takes on different meanings depending on where our gaze falls. Our attention will determine our interpretation.
We have to understand perspective if we want a clear (or clearer) picture of a situation at hand.
One definition of perspective requires “seeing all relevant data in a meaningful relationship.”
It’s something to consider with collaboration and relationships. Do we narrowly frame a situation and thus miss opportunities? Do we start with answers and, consequently, miss the important questions? Do we think of moving the spotlight or adjusting the focus so we go a little off-center?
We all have to be aware of our cognitive traps. This week, consider moving the spotlight a little. Whether you find a smirking vulture or not, your shifting perspective could help you better understand what you need to do in a perplexing situation.
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Do you believe what you perceive you receive? Consider this perspective!
Make it an inspiring week and H.T.R.B. as needed.
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