I’m not a big fan of snow. Or at least I wasn’t until we were snowed in for the last few days. I thought it was wet, cold and a bit inconvenient. The thing is my family love it!
My husband starts designing his dream igloo, my daughters want to throw snowballs and the dog loves to tear around in it at a speed that defies his 10 years.
This time round I decided I’d try and see the snow from their point of view and embrace it rather than endure it. We went for walks and let the dog run to his hearts content, we threw snowballs at the icicles on the front of the house and we built the igloo of my husband’s dreams!
It was still wet and my feet still got cold but it was also fun! By choosing to see the fun my family saw in the snow I got to experience it too.
Sometimes we can think that our perspective is the right way to look at life. Actually, it’s just one way of looking at things and it is shaped by our experiences, expectations and preferences. Someone else can look at the same situation and see it completely differently.
It can be really healthy to step back and consider that there are other stories to be told about where we find ourselves or that other people have found a way to overcome something that we feel is insurmountable.
Trying to understand another person’s point of view or learning from experiences and being willing to be open to changing how we see things can be transformative.
It can be really good fun too!