Updated: Aug 1, 2019
It’s easy to walk through this world on autopilot, going through your daily routines the same way day after day—taking in the same old familiar sights, sounds, and humdrum experiences without much thought. Days turn into weeks, weeks turn into months, and months turn into years. Before you know it, time has elapsed, and you might not be quite sure how you ended up where you are. Or maybe worse, you feel as if you’ve missed out on experiencing peace, joy, and contentment along your journey.
But what if you changed your perspective? What if you slowed down and started to look at things differently? What if you become intentional and start to really NOTICE your surroundings, including the people, places, and seemingly ordinary experiences around you? What if you start to look for the beauty, the originality, and the uniqueness of the people and experiences you encounter?
This absolutely stunning picture, taken by Jeff Crum, literally stopped me in my tracks and challenged my way of thinking on a seemingly ordinary afternoon. Taken on a lovely spring day in North Carolina, these tulips are just as breathtaking showing their “less glamourous” side. Typically, we ooh and ahh over the beauty of gorgeous bright red tulips on a sunny day, but today one man chose to look at the beauty from a different angle. His intentionality gives us the chance to marvel in their beauty from a different perspective. He chose to see the beauty underneath. He chose to give us a different way of seeing the ordinary. And because of this change in perspective, I begin to notice things I wouldn’t have otherwise taken the time to see—like how each flower is truly unique with its own markings, each one developing at a different pace from the other flowers, and how each stem has equally beautiful coloring on the underside. The vantage point of the camera and the blooming tulips draw the viewers’ eyes up and point us to a clear, bright blue Carolina sky—perhaps inspiring a sense of optimism and hope that is dawning on the horizon of a new day.
What challenges are you facing that you haven’t quite been able to overcome? What problem are you trying to solve at work or at home that you just can’t crack the code on? That new job or career transition you’ve been wanting to make but haven’t moved forward to pursue—perhaps it’s because you keep seeing the same obstacles with no obvious way around them.
What if you change your perspective and start to look at it from a different vantage point? Step back; slow down; change your proximity. If you can’t manage to find a way to see it differently from your angle, ask for help. Invite a trusted friend, colleague, or family member to challenge you to find a different way of looking at your situation. Their vantage point will be different. And you just might find something unexpected and better than anything you’ve ever imagined you could experience, all because you simply changed your perspective.
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