By now, you might be wondering how to take advantage of this approach. Here are a few things you can try today to start seeing a new side of life.
Look at the Corner of the Picture
When you look at a picture–or a painting or whatever square-like object with images in it–don’t just look at the center. Stare at the corners. Find something you wouldn’t normally see. And don’t just glance at it–really stare intently. Why was the object placed there and not somewhere else? Are there colors on the edges that aren’t found elsewhere? How detailed is the object at which you’re looking? You can often learn more from the attention to detail on the fringes than you can from the attention to detail on the main attraction.
Let Your Eyes Wander When You Stroll
The next time you’re ambling about town, let your eyes wander. Don’t look at the cars and the social commodities that everyone else looks at. Look up to the clouds, or the hills, or to the lone tree sitting off in the distance. Why one tree? Why those hills? Why do the clouds dance the way they do? New sights lead to new questions–to questions that others aren’t asking. And when you ask different questions, you get different answers. That’s the start of a unique perspective.
Learn From the Little Things
Lastly, when you adopt this approach, when you look for the little things that no one else is seeing, you learn things you wouldn’t otherwise.
You learn about the world, but you also learn about yourself. You begin to understand that there’s more to the world than the information thrown in your direction. When you refuse to be fed the same diet as everyone else, you come away with new insights.
So, try to look for the little things today. Purposely look in the opposite direction of others.
You don’t need to be a grumpy contrarian to get a new perspective and new insights.
You just need to be a bit more intentional about where you look.
This one was a bit longer than what I’ve typically been writing. But this is an idea that has really hit me hard over the last few weeks. It’s helping me out, and I hope it will help you too.
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