Take a Wider View of Things
This morning I was working in my office, sifting through emails and papers from the day before, trying to get a handle on the hours ahead. As it often happens during our roller coaster temperatures through the late Texas ‘winters’, my nose was off and running. With a narrow field of vision before me (my laptop screen and the immediate periphery) I assessed that a trip to the laundry room was needed to fetch a fresh box of tissues. Upon returning to the office, I looked up and realized that, not three feet from where I was sitting before, sat a full box of Kleenex. Just by taking on a new perspective, by widening my view of things, I immediately saw that the solution to my problem had been within arms length all along.
I began to think about my work with teams and how important perspective is. Too often we take a narrow view of our situations and circumstances (the Heath brothers refer to it as ‘narrow framing’) thereby limiting our creativity, ideas and solutions. I believe this can apply to all areas of life: personal, relational, professional, physical, and spiritual. If we would simply pull back and take a wider view of things, many times we would find the answer we need within reach.
Where is a ‘wider view’ needed in your life and work?Image Credit: www.xomark.com