“Not only does it change how I see things“, he told me “but it changes how I look at things.”
He said that because he now expects to see things differently, and more clearly, he tends to view them with greater attention. As a result, he observes detail much more closely. Some of the detail he dismisses, some of it, he retains and uses.
That’s what a change in viewpoint can do for any of us. Which, I suppose, is why learning is a life-long process.
We are all aware of how we see things differently as we go through stages in life.
The rooms of the house in which we live, at age teo, are large spaces. They are full of obstacles.
At the age ten, we don’t have enough space, and we make too much noise. We need to be outdoors with our pals.
At age eighteen the house is a place to crash.
At age twenty five to thirty we believe we need a different kind of space in which to rear our own family.
After sixty, we're rattling and echoing around that space with life-embedded memories and associations, and we may want to downsize for simpler, easier, more leisurely living.
It’s an interesting example of how we change and adapt to our requirements. And we never question it.
And that’s the key, isn’t it?
We change and adapt in full expectation and belief that what we are doing is the right thing. So we go ahead without hesitation.
Other parts of our lives which could done with the same decisive action, have remained unchanged and unchallenged, not because we didn’t want to make the changes, but because conventional thinking had incarcerated us into a thought-pattern..
Sometimes, we need to be able to trust ourselves, examine the possibilities, and dredge our souls for the courage to move on them. Many people have started a business, taken a conscious turn in life, changed their circumstances, altered their way of living, changed direction, not without risk, and even not without unexpected, and sometimes unlooked-for results.
But rarely with regret.
Most of us think about, dream about, wish for, circumstances we would like to bring about in our own lives. Too often we do nothing about them. We think it’s too big a change, too disruptive, the wrong time, and give ourselves all kinds of plausible reasons to do nothing.
What we tend to forget is that we don’t have to turn our world upside down in order to achieve a worthwhile aim.
We just need to remind ourselves that we can subtly, gradually, and very effectively, change direction in what we do, and how we think, on a daily basis.
This daily change of direction, done consistently, will make the change we seek inevitable. This is the open secret to accomplishment in any field.
Like laser eye surgery, it changes how we see. It opens our eyes and our minds.
We begin to become aware of the vast potential within all of us.