# Day 117 (Life’s-lessons-learnt: Change your perspective and get a new life-view)

It may be old in some ways, but Stephen Covey’s ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’ remains for me one of the most insightful books for bringing about personal change. Among its many ideas, i particularly recall the one about making a “paradigm shift” or to put it simply~just try and see the composite picture in another way. Sometimes one gets caught up in a particular situation and however much you want things to change, they tend to remain the same. The only choice you have then is to change your view, your perspective, and suddenly things can take on a whole new interpretation.
The other day someone shared this simple and sweet story that probably illustrates this idea beautifully. The anecdote is about a father who was reading a magazine and his little daughter kept distracting him every now and then. To keep her busy, he took out one page on which was printed the map of the world. He then tore it into pieces, and asked her to go to her room and like a jigsaw puzzle put them together to make the map again. Pleased with himself he then sat down to read, convinced it would occupy her for the best part of the day! To his surprise the little one was back in ten minutes with the perfect map! When he asked her how she had managed to do it so quickly, she answered with all the wisdom of a five year old, “Oh Dad! There is a man’s face on the other side of the paper…I made the face perfect to get the map right.” And she promptly ran outside to play leaving the bemused father just shaking his head at the child’s unusual solution!
In life too, so often the way we see the problem is the problem! There is always the other side to whatever you experience. Whenever one comes across a challenge or a puzzling situation, all one needs to do is look at the other side~~ more than likely you will be surprised to see an easy way to tackle the problem.
Change your perspective and life can take on a whole new meaning…


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2 Responses to # Day 117 (Life’s-lessons-learnt: Change your perspective and get a new life-view)

  1. NupurNS says:

    Easier said than done 🙂

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