“How can you break out of old patterns and learn to look at life anew?”
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Today’s quote is cousin to one of my favorites, by Tuli Kupferberg:
“When Patterns, are Broken, New Worlds Will Emerge.”
Examining these nuggets of wisdom may have some shortcomings if we use them only as thought exercises. Shifting our paradigms, altering our mental models, and simply looking through different perceptional filters is not enough.
We must also act in new and different ways if new worlds are to be realized.
An intention to act without action leaves us where or how we are—or perhaps worse.
As you look at life anew, what do you plan to actually do?
Feel free to reply to this post regarding the actions you took today.
“We see the same events through different lenses. We live in the same country but in different worlds.”
—Ted Koppel, British-born American broadcast journalist
Image of Ted Koppel from Wikipedia.org
When Ted Koppel speaks, people usually listen.
As a 42-year veteran of ABC News, he became the anchor and managing editor of ABC News Nightline in 1980 — one of the most honored broadcasts in television history.
As a member of the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, Ted has won every major broadcasting award, including 40 Emmys. In the United States, he has received over 20 honorary degrees from well-regarded universities.
How are you and others seeing current events? Where are your lenses the same or considerably different from others in your communities? Where are people treating one another like aliens from different worlds? What are the answers to help us come together as one country?
What steps can we all take to be a more united country? Ted Koppel might suggest we start with a new pair of lenses to look for all the things that unite us.
As a former science teacher, I have always been fascinated by the natural world. Whether it involves looking through a microscope at the very small, or a telescope at the vastness of our universe, the idea of taking a different and deeper look at things always inspires me.
The same may be true when we look at each other.
How often do we examine only the surface layers of one another with our limited mental models and biases? What miracles might we discover if we took the time to refocus our life lenses on ourselves and one another?
“If you blame it on someone else, don’t expect it to get better.”
Blaming and making others wrong is like a black hole in the world of relationships. Nothing good ever comes out of it.
Unfortunately, we each view the world through our own perceptual filters. On many occasions, our views do not agree or align with others. This is not bad in itself, except that we often go a step further to prove our point or to undermine those who think and do otherwise.
How and in what ways can you reduce or eliminate playing the blame game, personally or professionally, to improve your life?
“Invite people into your life who don’t look or act like you. You might find they challenge your assumptions and make you grow.”
-Mellody Hobson, Chair of the Board of Directors of DreamWorks Animation
About a month ago, my wife Wendy surprised me with a 60th birthday trip to Australia and New Zealand. During our three week trip, I had the opportunity to expand my world view and perspective by meeting dozens of people from other countries.
Among these interesting individuals were a kiwi farmer from New Zealand, an Academy-Award Winning sound designer who worked on the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and a Naturalist about to start working with a non-profit in Hawaii.
How can you arrange – sooner rather than later – a “Bucket List” adventure so you can invite more new and interesting people into your life?
In the book The Paradox of Choice, Barry Schwartz warns us that more is less, and that our abundance-based culture often robs us of our satisfaction in life.
Imagine yourself in a room with a few dozen doors. You are told that some will lead to great opportunities, others to places far less desirable, maybe even dead ends.
All too often, we are looking outside ourselves to what others or society tells us are the best choices. And yet, we are frequently dissatisfied, because by comparison there is always something better⏤or at least we think so.
How might you use your most deeply held values and beliefs to design and open the doors you are meant to open? Your destiny hinges on it.