So another thing about perspective is that sometimes we need the help of others. The stories I shared Wednesday all involved other people. In each of those cases, it took hearing another opinion to encourage me to look for a different way.
Maybe you change it up because you can't stand routine. Or maybe you find yourself in a rut because what you did before worked. Why risk failure when you already know what will succeed? Or maybe you just can't see another way out.
I feel that for the most part, I'm a very logical person. But I've learned the hard way that what is logical to me makes no sense to others. I'm creatively logical--which means that 2+2=triangle. When I explain my way of thinking, it makes perfect sense. But until then I'm just extremely odd. Which has its own perks. :0)
But I get stuck in the well worn groove of how I think. I don't know to think any other way. That's when an outside perspective can make all of the difference.
Some of my closest friends are very different from me. When I'm stuck seeing the individual tiles of a certain situation, they see the mosaic before them. It's the same subject, just a different way of looking at it. Both are valid. Both are vital. Outside perspectives give the situation dimension that we can't see on our own.
Sometimes it's really hard to hear or read critiques of our work. After all, we poured our souls into it. There's this secret hope that it's brilliant and a secret fear that it's an utter disaster. But if we're able to get over ourselves, our fear, and even our pride, we might see something we didn't know we needed. We might find an answer to a riddle we couldn't solve on our own, or find another way out of a difficult situation--one a reader wouldn't expect that would completely shatter the problem of cliche.
The key is being willing to listen and consider the other viewpoint. Even being willing to try something different--adopting a different perspective.
Have a great weekend! See y'all Monday!
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