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Perspective, It’s all about perspective

Posted by Luminus on May 10, 2006

Someone sent this to me today, and I thought it would bless a couple of people.

Imagine you are at an Airport. While you're waiting for your flight, you notice a kiosk selling cookies. You buy a box, put them in your travelling bag and then you patiently search for an available seat so you can sit down and enjoy your cookies. Finally, you find a seat next to a gentleman. You reach down into your travelling bag and pull out your box of cookies. As you do so, you notice that the gentleman starts watching you intensely.

He stares as you open the box and his eyes follow your hand as you pick up the cookie and bring it to your mouth. Just then he reaches over and takes one of your cookies from the box, and eats it! You're more than a little surprised at this. Actually, you're at a loss for words. Not only does he take one cookie, but also he alternates with you. For every one cookie you take, he takes one.

Now, what's your immediate impression of this guy? Crazy? Greedy? He's got some nerve?

Can you imagine the words you might use to describe this man to your associates back at the office? Meanwhile, you both continue eating the cookies until there's just one left. To your surprise, the man reaches over and takes it. But then he does something unexpected. He breaks it in half, and gives half to you. After he's finished with his half he gets up, and without a word, he leaves.

You think to yourself, "Did this really happen? "You're left sitting there dumbfounded and still hungry. So you go back to the kiosk and buy another box of cookies. You then return to your seat and begin opening your new box of cookies when you glance down into your travelling bag. Sitting there in your bag is your original box of cookies-still unopened. Only then do you realise that when you reached down earlier, you had reached into the other man's bag, and grabbed his box of cookies by mistake.

Now what do you think of the man? Generous? Tolerant?

You've just experienced a profound paradigm shift. You're seeing things from a new point of view. Is it time to change your point of view?

Now, think of this story as it relates to your life. Seeing things from a new point of view can be very enlightening. Think outside the box. Don't settle for the status quo. Be open to suggestions. Things may not be what they seem..

May you have a great day.

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9 Responses to “Perspective, It’s all about perspective”

  1. Boso said

    That’s a good one. I’ve seen many of these pardigm shift thingies before, some of them really get you thinking.

  2. Rupert said

    This is a good posting. Paradigm shift is right. We need to empathize. As Christians, perhaps you can view my blog at I too love the Lord Jesus.


  3. Alexander said

    The write-up on paradigm shift was a nice one. A perfect blend of humor and serious issues. Well, I have always believed that when u find out something ‘disgusting’ or ‘irritating’ about another/others; its only a reflection of certain hidden weaknesses/propensities we harbour within. In other words, we need to look inwards whenever we are confronted with such situations. Thanks and all the best.

  4. Luminus said

    True said Alex, true said.

  5. hector said

    pls i want to be a blogger like you . pls can you teach me few trick and tips. where do you work?

  6. Qwerty Maniac said

    ^ ^
    Blogging cant be inherited, it comes from within one’s personality/character. 🙂

  7. The words “Paradigm Shift” come from (as far as I can tell, not got my research hat on right now) Steven R. Covey’s “7 Habit’s of Highly Effective People”.

    In the beginning of the book he mentions one more Paradigm shift that I think is worth mentioning.

    He is on his way home on a bus where a man is sitting staring into space as his kids make a terrible ruckas on the bus. Mr. Covey begins to get angry about it, and finally leans over and asks the man to kindy do something about his children.

    The man replies, “Oh, Are they noisy. I’m sorry, it’s just that they’ve just lost their mother, and I don’t know how to tell them.”

    That is a paradigm shift.

  8. Ajibola said

    …now ‘THAT’, is a paradigm shift from Everyday Economist! I actually dont like being involved in politics but worthy of note, was that a paradigm shift in asking for a bill amendment for third term and getting a six year one-time amendment?! Lol!

  9. janoulle said

    That would have been a very humbling experience. I’ve learned the hard way not to jump to quick conclusions about people.


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