We live in our own small world(s). We see the same family, friends and co-workers on a regular basis. We watch the same news channels and TV shows most days. We travel on the same streets in a small part of the area we live in. We even think the same thoughts from day-to-day. I feel I live in two worlds…my family and home life and my life as a volunteer.
We see many new people in a given day, from the cashier at the grocery store to a neighbor who is walking their dog – but we don’t get to know them. Our “world” forms our perspective, values, life philosophy and opportunities. Are you on auto-pilot or is this done consciously?
My corporate life enabled me to see new parts of the world; I especially liked Asia. My retired life as a volunteer takes me into the world of poverty, recovery and hurt. I have learned that we are more alike than different. We have the same desires and aspirations.
Perspective change helps us grow. How do you do that? You change your “world” intentionally. You take time to talk to someone and ask a deeper question…then listen. You read on a divergent topic or change your routine to allow unexpected things to happen. You allow random opportunities to feel like adventure rather than a distraction. You seek to understand the worlds of another.