While walking the other day, this tree struck me. I stopped to look more closely and I took this pic. I really love Fall. I can barely complete my walks in two hours nowadays because I am constantly slowing down to appreciate the beauty in change that is present all around me.
If you're up for a mental exercise, write down a short sentence to describe this tree.
Please do it now, before you scroll on.
OK, now stroll with me towards the fire hydrant and check out the view from there.
I know! What comes to mind for you now when you look at this tree? Please write down a short sentence to describe it from this viewpoint.
While you ponder the differences that this change in perspective brought to your thoughts on the tree, it's worth bearing in mind that we are always able to change our perspectives, which will inevitably change our stories. The question isn't which story is more accurate, but rather, which story brings more joy.
As Benjamin Zander writes in The Art of Possibility, "It's all invented anyway, so we might as well invent a story or a framework of meaning that enhances our quality of life and the life of those around us."
To expand and see this beautifully in action, here's a gorgeous TEDtalk that my wonderful friend Louise shared with me last week. Enjoy!
The choice is always ours.
Let's choose wisely.