A father was reading a magazine and his little daughter kept distracting him. To keep her busy, he tore into pieces a page on which was printed the map of the world and asked her to go to her room and put them together.
He was sure she would take the whole day to get it done. But the little one came back within minutes with a perfect world map.
When he asked how she had done it so quickly, she said, “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.” She ran outside to play leaving the father surprised.
Often times we fail to look at the other side, the other’s perspective or the other’s circumstances because we are afraid to look at things differently. Either the fear of losing out (to another person, to an argument or to success) or the fear of missing out.
We pretend as though that option never existed or is never seen. But we miss the opportunity of looking at the other perspective, probably a perspective that is more favourable to us either in the short run or the long run.
Remember, there is always the other side to whatever you experience. Whenever you come across a challenge or a puzzling situation, look at the other side. You will be surprised to see an easy way to tackle the problem.
Beauty is all in the way we look at things: Our lives are often filled with good people and things, but we crave for things that don’t belong to us or that we don’t need. All that we may need to do is to change our perspective and look at what we have, differently. The question is not what you look at, but what you see. We all look up at the same stars in the sky but see different things. You hear, but are you listening, you exist, but are you living, you look, but are you seeing. That’s what matters.
Things don’t change, only the way you look at them. Most things that you consider complex in life are actually simple things. Just try a different way of looking at them.
The art of being happy lies in the power of extracting happiness from common things: Train your mind to see the good in everything. Positivity is a choice. The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.
Bharatam a is the founder of Kuza Biashara, a capacity building organisation. @[email protected]