What do you see?

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Not too long ago a client shared with me some things not working in her life. I challenged her to consider the things that were going right. I also shared with her, in life there are many things we have absolutely no control over. However, what we can control is our perspective and our attitude.

There’s a story told of two men who shared a hospital room. One was next to the window and the other spent his time laying flat on his back. Despite the curtain between them, they became well acquainted and talked about their families, accomplishments and other faculties of life.

The window overlooked a park with a beautiful lake. Ducks and swans played on the water while the children sailed their model boats. The young lovers held hands and walked among the beautiful flowers of every color and kind. It was truly a beautiful garden. There were also the grand and majestic trees that graced the landscape as well as a fine view of the city skyline that could be seen from a distance. One afternoon the man near the window described a parade passing through the park.  Although his roommate could not hear the parade or see the beautiful lake and garden, as the man near the window described his view in exquisite detail, he would close his eyes and imagine the beautiful scene.

One morning, the nurse arrived in preparation for their baths, only to find the lifeless body of the man near the window. He died peacefully in his sleep.

The other man was very sad by the loss of his roommate. As soon as it was appropriate he asked to be moved near the window. The nurse was happy to make the switch. As soon as he became comfortable, in anticipation of the beautiful view, he pulled the curtains and looked out the window only to see the window faced a brick wall.

The man called for the nurse and inquired, what could have compelled his deceased roommate to describe such wonderful things outside this window.  The nurse informed him that the man was blind and could not even see the wall.  She said, “Perhaps he just wanted to encourage you.”

The man was blind yes, but he had sight in his mind. Despite the brick walls in your life, what do you see?

TAKE ACTION: What’s keeping you from seeing a positive perspective? What are some positive changes can you make to start having an optimistic perspective?


1. Change starts with action

2. Be Consistent