Tuesday, February 16, 2016

February 16th, 2016 Perspective: A Rerun & Tweets

February 16th, 2016 Perspective: A Rerun & Tweets

Publishing a Rerun & Tweets tonight and hitting the pillow!

The following excerpt on perspective is from August 26th, 2010:

Perspective is an interesting study. It's all in our perspective, and sometimes---well, most every time, the difference between us accepting, I mean really understanding or at least appreciating something and being totally foreign to the concept...comes down to a slight shift in our perspective.

Or sometimes a major shift is what it takes.

Whatever, a shift--you know what I mean.

An example I experienced yesterday was very interesting. I was broadcasting on location and communicating with the studios, when this amazing voice came on the line. It was a new board operator who was training to operate my broadcast. The voice I heard would make James Earl Jones seem like Peter Brady. Okay, really---probably not that good--but still, I made him say..."This is CNN." I'm kidding, I really didn't.

I did however ask him his age. He told me 17. And then, I asked him how old he was when his voice dropped, and what he said reminded me all about the importance of perspective.

With a serious tone he said: "It started when I was eleven years old, and just got worse as I got older." Worse? "Did it hurt?" I asked, "No, it just got deeper...everyone made fun of me starting in 7th grade, when they would call me the voice."

Wow...wow, wow. He was made to feel different because of a gift that he couldn't fully realize as a gift at the time. What an amazing revelation it will be when he fully realizes that his voice wasn't a curse or a problem at all, and could potentially give him a career in broadcasting and voice-overs. I'm excited to see how he develops as he realizes and appreciates his "unexpected" gift.

Perspective, wow...very powerful. It's powerful because we believe whatever others tell us, or even worse, whatever we tell ourselves---for me it goes back to the "mix-tape" analogy from Day 327.

I couldn't help but draw parallels between this kid and me.

My obesity made me the target of cruelty as a child, like it did for so many of us. And I hated being fat. There was nothing positive, or so I thought. It wasn't until I flipped my perspective on Day 135 with my "Thank You Letter To Morbid Obesity" that I fully understood the power of perspective. And now, it's becoming very clear that, the very thing I thought would be the death of me---has led me to where I am now...and that's a wonderful place.

And maybe someday, if he puts in the effort---this kid will realize and enjoy the same unexpected flip in perspective. It's beautiful my friend, it really is beautifully amazing.

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  1. Yep! Perspective is a very powerful thing! I see it in my kids all the time, they focus on what they can't do, rather than what they can! That's why I love the growth mindset mentality.

  2. Glad that kid had an encounter with you. Very cool.


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