Changing Our Position Can Change Our Perspective

northwest beach view
east view beach
How we “see” things can limit our vision of our path forward. Sometimes even changing position physically can change perspective.

This morning as I as walked along the shore, I was facing northwest. The ocean looked fairly calm, the waves coming to shore gently. This surprised me because the early morning weather forecast had informed of possible storms coming and rough seas. However, with this view, I felt tranquil and relaxed as I thought about the progress which I had promised myself I would make today with projects.

As I reached the turnaround point, and then faced east, my view changed. I was suddenly startled to see huge waves in that direction breaking over the little rock island, crashing and leaping into the air. Right away I felt an effect of my senses being assaulted; immediately my caution antenna popped up. My mood changed and the progress I hoped for during the day now seemed questionable. The challenges to my current project with their negative warnings surfaced. Suddenly my perspective had changed.

Years ago when I became involved in facilitation of groups of people gathered together to problem solve, I quickly discovered that I needed to acquire new skills to be effective in that role. The principles to be learned included how to set up the environment so that interdependent solutions could emerge. One of the first things I learned was that the conference table should be round thereby removing any perception of there being an authoritative head position. Another strategy was to rotate periodically the participants, including me, in position at the table, so that each person could have a changed view of the others as they spoke. Also, I moved from day to day the flipchart stands used to record vocal contributions when offered to create a summary of the solutions being suggested.

During this Covid time we are in many ways physically restricted, and our access to different physical perspectives is limited. So many of us are on the net for hours, in meetings, in discussion groups, and even in friends or family gatherings in virtual form. For all this activity we are assuming physical position that is unchanged for hours. What, I thought, does this do to how we “see’ things, how we absorb the benefit of different opinions and allow for different perspectives to enter and enlarge our vision forward?

Are there ways we can change our physical position even in this stay-at-home environment. Perhaps we do not take advantage of the mobility we do have in our home space. Very often I am frustrated by unstable internet service, and this causes me to have to pick up my laptop and take up position in another room where the reception is better. Perhaps this forced mobility is a benefit that I had not realized I was experiencing. Each room offers me a different view, possibly opening my mind to a different view of what the laptop screen is offering, whether it be a reference I am reading, a zoom meeting or a zoom course session I am attending.

Are you doing something in your home to change your physical position and give yourself a changed view? Have you thought about how doing so might change perspective? Please comment, add to, or suggest a different perspective. I would love to read your thoughts, and add to my learning.

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  • Yvonne Graham says:

    I find I too move around during the day with my book or laptop. I seem to feel I need a fresh perspective, and that’s what I get from moving from my desk, to my chaise, and especially when I move to my terrace. My terrace with the ocean views is like a big breath of fresh air…just what I needed.

    • Incredible isn’t it that a little movement can do that much for one’s mind. Love that you can move to your terrace and see that beautiful view.

  • Agnes says:

    Judith, I could feel the change you describe as you described it! My experience is with Skype especially: when I’m on Skype or Zoom for business I am always at my desk, but if I’m chatting with friends I always sit on my couch… it really does change the way I feel on a call. Partly placement and partly posture, I think.

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