You could have told Ebenezer Scrooge over and over: You need to be kinder and gentler! People matter! It’s not all about work! You’re wasting your life! How can you treat Bob Cratchit like that–he’s hurting! His son’s sick!
All that was true. True dots.
But telling someone they should change hardly ever changes anything. How many times have you changed because someone told you to?
Ebenezer’s attitude came from something–his inner scrooge, a view, a perspective, an expectation of life and of what life is.
What he did made perfect sense to him–it FIT how he had already connected the dots.
In a way, he couldn’t do anything different; it was outside his realm of experience and comprehension.
Then one night he has the chance to connect the dots of his Past, Present, and Yet to Come. He sees new dots, and reconnects the old ones in new ways. It’s radically shocking. He begs for it to stop. His eyes are opened and his attitude, behavior, and the kind of person he is, changes forever.
Google says perspective is
the ability to perceive things in their actual interrelationships of comparative importance.
Google knows how to connect the dots.
Someone else said perspective is when little things are seen for what they really are.
When have your eyes been opened and you saw things for what they really are?
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