“A small trouble is like a pebble.
Hold it too close to your eye and it fills the whole world and puts everything out of focus.
Hold it at a proper distance and it can be examined and properly classified.
Throw it at your feet and it can bee seen in its true setting,
just one more tiny bump on the pathway of life.”
~ Celia Luce
It’s easy to allow a challenge to consume our mind, so much so that it blurs our vision and distracts us from what really matters.
In those foggy moments imagine you are in a helicopter flying 500 feet above your life circumstance. Look down at your existing problem, and ask yourself: What can I see from up here that I cannot see from the ground?
This is a skill called Metaview. It’s a simple way to temporarily distance yourself from a problem to gain a fresh and broader perspective. And it is the archetypal eagle’s perspective of seeing possibilities where we once only saw obstacles.
Next time, instead of pushing through a challenge, try stopping, taking a deep breath, and closing your eyes. Soar into the air, and see the pebble that is your life challenge. You may discover a new way to approach your situation, or have a greater interest in the beauty that surrounds it.
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Playing with Perspective
Leaders at Play ~ Creative & Engaging Leadership for a New World