Sometimes life gives me the simplest of examples to remind me that changing my perspective changes my experience. Most would describe the view from the third-floor bedroom window of our new home as not very attractive. This window overlooks the patched-up roof of the neighboring two-story apartment building strewn with an assortment of air conditioning units of different shapes and sizes. It’s not exactly postcard or Instagram worthy.
However, that roof is surrounded by a multitude of old, majestic trees. On any given day there are doves, pigeons, and mocking birds flying from tree branch to tree branch. Many times a splash of color will catch my eye in the form of a bright red cardinal or blue jay. One morning, I watched a beautiful yellow butterfly flit around those air conditioning units before making its way right up to the window where I stood with my mouth hanging open. It felt like such a gift of grace!
The other day I was doing my morning stretches facing that window when suddenly a red-tailed hawk soared across the rooftop. I couldn’t believe my eyes! The fact that hawk is “messenger” in Native American teachings is not lost on me. I got the message. Apparently, the birds and butterflies don’t mind those unsightly metal monsters on the tapestry of gray roofing materials surrounded by trees. They see it as a makeshift meadow in the middle of the urban sprawl known as Houston, Texas. If they can see it that way, I guess I can too! Before I saw ugliness. Now I love looking out that window to see what beautiful surprises await me.
Could you use some assistance in changing your perspective so you can have a different experience? I would be honored to help you during a series of Life Coaching sessions or with a private Family Constellations session. Thanks to the miracle of technology, sessions can be done from anywhere in the world. Please look around my website or send me an email for more information and to schedule a session.
Until next time, may you find numerous ways to shift your perspective to experience the ordinary world with a new sense of wonder!
Therefore, seek not to change the world, but choose to change your mind about the world. Perception is a result and not a cause.
A Course in Miracles – T-21:In.1