Said it before, it is all about perspective. Good day, bad day. Happy, sad. Partly sunny, partly cloudy. It is all about how you see things and from where you see them. This afternoon I found a “gift” in my shoe. On a relative scale, things could have been much worse…
So it is not exactly what any of us hope to find, but then again, it was not as bad as it could have been. Really, think about what might have been…in form, substance, placement; even the shoe that caught the pass could have been worse. Oh, as a dog owner I can assure things can be much worse. And suddenly, what seemed to be such a downer day on the work front was suddenly not quite so bad. And frankly, if that present in my shoe was as bad as it gets today, then things are not quite as bad as it might seem.
Seriously, it made me laugh, and for that I am grateful. Actually, I am grateful my nose lead me to the discovery before I put the shoe on…now that would have been an entirely different perspective.
Perspective, point of view, paradigm, or whatever one wishes to call it – how something is seen makes all the difference in the world.
Take the below photo as an example. It is from a recent hike in Bryce Canyon National Park amongst the hoodoos – the rock formations that dominate the canyon. In the photo there is some nice rock, a bit of snow. In short a fairly nice picture of some scenery. It really does not solicit any response – it is just a photo.
However, add a bit of perspective to the photo and everything changes. On first glance not much has changed – same area with maybe just a touch of a different angle or different light. But add some perspective to the shot, and it is very different. Check the lower left third of the picture, there is a person there. Tough to see, but they are there wedged between the snow and rock. Suddenly a nice bit of scenery takes on an entirely different meaning – it now has impact. It solicits a response. There is perspective to the photo. The person brings a sense of scale – how vast the area really is.
It is an age-old lesson in photography – add scale to your photos. Give the viewer something they can relate to in the picture. It provides perspective. How we see things is largely dependent on our perspective. Conversely, how we are seen is also all about perspective.
Reinforcement of an age old lesson in business and life thanks to a hike. Ironic in a way, it puts the value of taking a vacation into perspective.