Get a New Perspective on Life

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We’ve taken a few days to observe where in our lives we are a creature of habit.  Hopefully you discovered something about yourself you didn’t realize before.

Well, there’s more to this story.  Let me take you back to Monday’s conversation…..

When I recently walked into my local Starbucks and found someone sitting in “my seat”,  I was suddenly and surprisingly faced with a range of emotions I had not expected.

The space at this particular Starbucks is set up in the shape of an L, and “my seat” is in the corner of the “L”, facing out towards the rest of the room, allowing me to observe people (one of my favorite things to do!) from a distance. The table is a two-seater, large enough to hold my computer, notepad and cup of java, without feeling like something is going to fall off the edge.  With windows to both my left and right, I am surrounded by natural light.  The ledge under the window is wide enough to place my phone, water bottle and pen.  I have access to charge both my phone and computer in one of  two different wall outlets.

Doesn’t it sound like the PERFECT seat?  It is, and it’s MINE!

So on this particular day, when “my seat” was taken, and I was forced to sit in the only remaining seat at a tiny little table right in the middle of the room, I was shocked by the range of emotions I was experiencing.  I felt like a two-year old having a temper tantrum in my head.  But I put my big girl panties on and began to write.

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Then the MAGIC happened…..

After taking a few minutes to settle in and get adjusted to my new seat, I looked up and noticed how shockingly different my perspective was.  It was as though I was sitting in a brand new Starbucks.

Everything looked unfamiliar.

Although I’d been inside this Starbucks countless times, I was noticing details I had never seen before.  Strangest of all was that I felt different, experiencing the Starbucks from a new vantage point.  I felt more alive, renewed and alert.  I could see with a clarity I hadn’t been accessing from my old seat, like a fog had been lifted simply by changing my seat.

By stepping outside my comfort zone, I discovered the magic of a new perspective.

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If something as simple as sitting in a different seat at my mobile office could create the experience of seeing life from a new perspective, I figured I should seek out the opportunity to duplicate that feeling more often.

So I experimented with intentionally CHOOSING new vantage points, new seats, new driving routes, all in order to gain a new perspective for myself.  What I discovered is a whole wide world outside my comfort zone, a world filled with magic!

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Each of us only knows what we know.  We view our world from our personal vantage point, based on our history, knowledge, and beliefs.  But then we live like OUR perspective is the truth.

You are welcome to stay there, safe and secure in your comfort zone, where your perspective is your truth.  But I invite you to challenge the boundaries of your comfort zone.  Start with something as simple as sitting in a new seat, but don’t stop there!

Here are some possible ways you can experiment…..

GET A NEW PERSPECTIVE IN YOUR LIFE

1.  Sit in a different seat – at your coffee shop, in the cafeteria, at church

2.  Park in a new section of the parking lot – at work, the mall, your gym

3.  Drive a different route to your destination – to school, the bank, your favorite restaurant

4.  Try an unfamiliar form of exercise – zumba, pilates, yoga

5.  Sit or relax in a different room in your home –  a guest room, dining room, child’s room

6.  Eat foods you don’t gravitate towards – ethnic cuisine, healthy food, locally grown produce

7.  Talk to someone you don’t know – a child, a senior citizen, a handicapped person

8.  Vacation differently – go camping, stay at a bed & breakfast, take a cruise

9.  Read something new – nonfiction, magazines, blogs

10.  Do something extreme – ride a motorcycle, scuba dive, jump out of a plane

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You can place your big toe outside your comfort zone, or you can jump over the boundaries with both feet.  Either way is AWESOME!  Just do something to alter your vantage point in life, to give yourself a new perspective.

with Joy & Gratitude,

Comments

  1. Your normal spot at Starbucks does sound quite perfect. Luckily the main coffee shops I work at have a few different types of sitting areas and I love each of them for different reasons so I tend to change it up a bit in that area of life. If they had a perfect spot like the one you described I could definitely see myself being highly disappointed to walk in and see that someone else had grabbed it for the day.

    Love the new perspective ideas. :)

    • Hey Shawn,
      I know you can totally relate to the mobile office since you do the same! I’m going to try out a brand new locally owned coffee shop next week….I can’t wait to see what my seating options are! Maybe in search of a new perspective, I’ll be sure to NOT sit in my gut reaction first choice spot and see how that feels!

      debi

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