The View from My Window

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This is how it usually goes: On Tuesday, I start thinking about my next Monday mindfulness article. Then, in the regular course of the upcoming week, something happens to inspire me, to remind me why I have chosen this path. And boom, an article is born, all well before deadline.

This week, not so much. I don’t know if it was because I wasn’t feeling quite up to par, or if I started a couple new graphic design work projects, or if I just strayed off my path a bit, but I got bupkes. Until, I sat down at my desk just this morning and saw the view out my window.

You see, I rearranged my office this weekend. I love to rearrange things because it can, both literally and figuratively, give me a whole new perspective. In the process, I de-cluttered – getting rid of old papers, removing furniture, simplifying. I don’t do well with clutter, so the benefits are two-fold. And the best part is, my desk now offers me a view to the outdoors, and you know how I feel about that. Just looking out that window inspires me. Sometimes we need just a little nudge to change perspective.

I think it’s important to have regular perspective shifts. It can change the way you relate to those around you in important ways, to have more compassion, to expand your mind. Without the willingness to see other perspectives, you can stay stuck in the same old patterns, many of which have long ago stopped serving you. Changing perspective can help you see things in new and different ways, inspiration for those new ideas. In short, perspective shifts help you to grow.

Our perspective is influenced by our past, the information sources we subscribe to, the expectations of others and our emotions. We inadvertently trap ourselves with faulty thinking and incorrect perceptions. We get set in our perspectives without even being aware of it, until something happens to bring it to our attention, like rearranging my office did for me.

I was a bit surprised at just how much of an impact rearranging my office had on me. I spend a lot of time in this room, so it shouldn’t have been a surprise, but it just seemed like such a simple, silly little thing. What I think it comes down to is this: change = new perspective.

Ready for a shift in your perspective? Rearranging the furniture isn’t the only way. You don’t even need to make some life altering declaration that you’re going to change the way you see things, just make a few changes and see what happens. Play like a 4-year old, who doesn’t yet care what others think. Talk to an older person, who no longer cares what others think. Dial down your media consumption, including news, ads and TV shows. Read more to experience the perspective of others.

Or just rearrange the furniture.

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