Good Morning Friends!
I witnessed a lousy customer and employee exchange at a local convenience store the other day.
The young woman at the cashier was upset. She was trying to make change for the customer but kept making mistakes. For every error, the customer got more agitated and angrier. Her eyes were red, and she was on the verge of tears.
Things went from bad to worse when the customer said, “What is wrong with you? You don’t even know how to make change.” I was about to step in when the manager arrived. As the customer huffed out of the store, the cashier broke down.
I talked with the manager about what had transpired. Apparently, the young woman needed the job and money because she cared for her mother, who had many pre-existing health conditions. The young woman was terrified of contracting COVID and bringing it home to her mother, but she had no other options.
There is another side to every story. There is always another perspective to consider before we pass judgment.
As you head into the weekend, take a moment to think about how you view the world. Most importantly, let’s try to look at all situations from multiple perspectives before we respond.
Hold up the Mirror
One reason it can be so challenging to see the situation from another vantage point is because doing so requires us to hold up the mirror. Instead of casting blame or judgement elsewhere, evolving our perspective requires us to be highly accountable and honest with our selves.
How often do you hold up the mirror? Are you willing to assume ownership instead of playing victim? This article (click here) does a great job explaining the importance of shifting your perspective.
[Video] Children as Teachers
When we think about our children, we concentrate on caring, providing for, teaching, and loving them. Seldom do we think of kids as a source wisdom and inspiration.
Here is a powerful Ted Talk (click here) that might help adjust your perspective.
Event: Inspired Leadership
We can’t talk about perspective without talking about gratitude. The more we appreciate what’s around us, the more capable we are of seeing things clearly.
We are just days away from our next Inspired event, “What Brings Us Back Together? Gratitude,” taking place virtually from 5-6 pm on July 29. I hope you will join me and my co-facilitator Katie McDonald, founder/CEO of bnourished, for an important discussion on gratitude, perspective and centeredness.
Click here to learn more and register!
Where Are You Looking?
“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.” ― John Lubbock
One of my favorite quotes! Quite simply, pick one element of your life right now that feels off kilter and simply ask yourself… do I need to adjust where I am looking?
Grab important workshop/conference updates below:
- July 29, 5-6 pm: Inspired Leadership Series, Gratitude, Register here!
- September 2: Inspired Leadership Series, save the date!
- September 15-16: Intentional Leader Executive Retreat, apply now!
- RESCHEDULED, ON Leadership Conference: Due to meeting capacity limitations that are expected to be in place until the end of 2020, we will be rescheduling ON for the Spring of 2021. Stay tuned for more!