Understanding Another’s Perspective

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Imagine two people are sitting at opposite sides of the same table. Between them sits a beautiful bouquet – in a simple glass vase. The assortment of flowers and greenery is simply amazing.

Each person is asked to write a description of the flowers. Later the descriptions are compared. They appear to be very different – near opposites.

Where one wrote of roses, the other described carnations. Where one discussed the vibrant yellows, the other listed muted pinks.

How can this be?

The answer lies in the reality of perspective. Both described what they saw from their unique perspective.

The next time you and a colleague hit an impasse, consider a vase of flowers. Perhaps you are right and the other is wrong. Maybe it’s the other way around. Or, could you both be correct (or wrong), but merely seeing things from different perspectives?

The wise person takes the time to consider the other’s perspective.

This Road Warrior Remembers True Warriors

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My plane pushed back from the gate at 6pm this past Thursday night – 4 1/2 hours of sitting on the tarmac it returned to the same gate at 10:30pm.

Nearly 24 hours later I finally made it home.

I then remembered it was Memorial Day Weekend and how quickly I forgot the lesson I learned just a couple of years ago. This post, from three years ago, will hopefully help all of us to keep things in perspective.

Original post follows…

October 2014

I just landed in Atlanta on an early morning cross-country flight. It’s been a long couple of weeks and, frankly, I’m tired. Admittedly, I have been feeling a bit sorry for myself. I’ve been on the road a lot this year – a lot! The last several days, I’ve worked in North Carolina, Washington DC, Michigan, and California and traveled on 14 different flights. To further add to my pity party, I was thinking about how the weekend was going to be cut short because I fly back out for work on Sunday.

Life was quickly put into perspective as the plane began its final approach. The flight attendant asked that everyone remain seated as a military escort, traveling with a fallen military member, disembark the aircraft.

 

My intent in sharing this is not to exploit the situation, but to remind all of us that we need to keep our lives and work in perspective.

As a former military member, I’m familiar with the sacrifices people make so I can travel on a plane, perform fulfilling work, raise a family, hang with friends, and occasionally feel inappropriately sorry for myself. I thought about not sharing; however, my hope is that others will benefit from putting things in perspective.

I’m going to make sure I do these 3 things this weekend. What will you do?

  1. Take the time to truly express thanks to my family for making my life a rich and enjoyable experience.
  2. Reconnect with my purpose and accomplish one thing this weekend that will make a difference.
  3. Reach out to someone who might benefit from some encouragement or support and offer to be there for him/her.