Perspective or how we see things from where we are is a valuable thing that many of us take for granted. While it may be true that there is nothing new under the sun in a Neil deGrasse Tyson sense of physics, things that are new to us and our lives happen quite frequently. With that in mind many of us think that somebody else has been through this so I’ll do what they have done. This is not always a bad thing. There is no need to reinvent the wheel every time we need to move something. However this may have the unintended consequence of diluting creativity and limiting perspective which in turn can cause staleness and ruts we sometimes see in our lives.

Some of us will say “My perspective is fine. I can see things many ways.” That may be the case with disagreements with loved ones or the delegation of tasks at work and school. However how many of us have considered perspective in something as simple as a childhood skill? When is the last time you thought about how we tie our shoes? It’s something that most of us do every day and I’d wager a vast majority of us do it the same way. Can something so simple be so different? My first search result links to a list of 4 different ways to tie a shoe. How many of us knew about the other 3?

If something so common and tying a shoe has so many ways to approach it what other perspectives are we not aware of? Perhaps not to the extreme of different ways to brush your teeth but sometimes small things are all that’s needed to expand your perspective.

We often hear the saying about not judging people without having walked a mile in their shoes, but before that we should probably tie them.


You can find the methods I mentioned at WikiHow.

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