The other morning I had one of those 'duhhhh' moments. My husband had taken my car camping so I was driving his much older one. Within 5 minutes, I had broken off the inside door handle that had been hanging by a thread anyway. For the next couple of days, I scooted over to the passenger side and out that door to exit the car. Not an easy prospect in a small compact car.
Then, as I explained my situation to my 17 year old friend sitting in the passenger seat so it wouldn’t appear strange when I started crawling out of his side, he casually said, “why don’t you just open your window and open the outside door handle?” Duhhhh! But it did get me thinking. Here I had been looking at the situation only one way. He came into the picture, and by looking at it another way he came up with a much easier answer. He had not limited himself to just my solution when looking at the situation. Had I not closed myself off to thinking of different alternatives, I might have saved myself many gear shift bruises and insults to my feminine pride as I clumsily exited the car through the passenger door.
How many times have you had those ‘duhhhh’ moments in your life where maybe had you just looked at something from a different perspective, you would have had an entirely different result? Or on a grander scale, how are we limiting how far we go in our lives by not looking at life from different perspectives? Maybe we are all too locked into one way and just don’t think big enough.
Not thinking big enough is huge for most of us and this can apply to pretty much all aspects of our lives. We look at what we have and we know we want more, but without knowing how to get it or being locked into thinking we can get it only one way, it never appears. We get discouraged and think only about our lack rather than thinking how big things could really be and letting nature take its course!
How about if you started thinking bigger than what you have and do so without limiting yourself to believing that you can get it only one way? In fact, there must be an unlimited number of ways that you can get more wealth, health, love etc. But since we are accustomed to trying to do it only in the way we think it should be done, we are not allowing ourselves to see the possibilities that may arise from viewing it from any number of different perspectives.
This week, when you are feeling the gear shift in your side, let go of your preconceived notions and try looking at life from a different perspective. Maybe take a different path than one you have always taken. Have faith that other choices will work out- maybe not as you thought they would, but who knows where you may end up. After all, it really is all in how you look at it!
What are some of your 'duhhhh' moments, and how has looking at something from a different perspective changed your life?