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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Regaining Perspective


When you are in the middle of a problem, that is all you see. The problem. And all the reasons why you can't seem to solve it. And your mind goes round and round and never seems to be able to stop thinking about the problem. So you need a fresh perspective.

When you are visiting a village or town or city surrounded by mountains such as Lugano in the photo above, and when you are right there in the middle of it, that is what you see. The village or town.
You are not aware of so much more that is - in fact - right there for your eyes to feast upon, because you are caught up in the streets, the buildings, the noise, the people.

But when you move up into the mountains surrounding the village, you immediately begin to see so much more, you gain perspective about things you had not even noticed before. You see, for example, that the town has an elongated shape along the shore of the lake. You see that one area hugs the side of a mountain. You see that it sparkles white in the sunlight from that distance. And you become aware of the breathtaking beauty of what had earlier appeared to be merely another (albeit lovely) town with people and noise and buildings and streets. You are also able to perceive silence, despite the fact that down below there is a great deal of normal city noise. And so, even though it is the very same place, you see it with new eyes.

It is a mistake, I believe, of not applying this analogically to our problems. Imagine, for example, that the problem had already been solved (even if you don't know how), and that you are looking back at it through time. Imagine how you feel in relationship to that already-solved problem, as opposed to your current agitation. If you are not quite able to do that, think of another problem you once had, but that was solved and is a problem no more. How do you think about that problem today? But remember - and do this vividly - how much of your thought time that old problem took up before you managed to solve it, and how much agony it caused you at that time. In so remembering, and in realizing that it now is no longer of any importance, you begin to help yourself gain some perspective about the current problem, because it too, one day, will have receded into the past, and it too, just as the other one was solved, will also be solved ... even if at this time you are unable to see how.

There's another aspect to distancing yourself from the current dilemma: you may first need to give yourself some "down time", so that you can begin the process of distancing yourself. The down time might be day dreaming, journaling, going for a walk (if you can, do it 'mindfully'), playing some sports activity, using a gratitude exercise to become intentionally present in the now, watching one or two inspirational YouTube videos (there are many links here on my blog to inspirational sites with free material to read, watch and/or download ... see the right side-bar for those links with an asterix), watching an enjoyable but mindless movie, or reading something that you know will take your mind elsewhere. The purpose of this is to shut off the part of your mind that is huddled in the middle of the problem. Sometimes doing this is already enough to bring a new thought about the problem to your head, allowing you to grasp it - and hence see it - differently. On other occasions, these small activities that do not really require much of your mind power, will shift you to that place inside of you that is now able to stand back from your problem and view it from a distance. And of course, just like with the town described above, from that perspective, you will be able to see angles related to your problem that you had simply not been aware of before, when you were centered in the middle of your distressing thoughts. You will become aware of potential windows that might lead to solutions, or at least, might lead to other contacts or other activities that might lead to solutions. Either way, it allows you to see it with new eyes. And seeing with new eyes allows you to become aware of new ideas.

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Photo Credit: Lugano, Ticino, Switzerland

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