It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.
~ Henry David Thoreau
Often times we get stuck in a certain way of looking at a situation or experience. And sometimes it can disable us from moving forward or learning what we need to learn.
When I work with clients who feel stuck or overwhelmed I often ask them to adjust their thinking by having them step outside the situation and look at if from a different angle or perspective. Sometimes it is by physically moving them. By having them stand on top of a chair and look at their situation from above – to get the Big Picture. And other times I ask them to look at the situation from the eyes of a child: simple and easy.
One of my favorite methods is using photographs.
It’s true what they say that a photograph speaks a thousand words. The emotions it provokes, the memories it brings to the surface, the energy it resonates within is all unique to the viewer.
Take a look at the 8 photographs below and simply write a word or phrase that immediately comes to mind for you. Do not overthink this, just simply write the words, feelings or phrases as you think them.
Now think of a situation or experience where you feel overwhelmed or stuck.
For example, I look at the picture of the matches and the word that comes to mind for me is resilient.
When I look at my situation from a place of resiliency it opens things up for me. I know I will come through it… albeit a little battered, but I will get through.
I see comfort in the image of the snail on a branch. From that perspective I realize that I am staying in my comfort zone and need to step out to make the changes I seek.
Continue with each image, or use images of your own… the main thing is that you will see with YOUR eyes what you need to see and the answers should appear right in front of you.
What did you discover?