Picture in Picture

marble cam image of ferris wheel

Any guesses what this is?

I took this picture with an app that takes a portion of an image, flips it upside down, and puts it in a little bubble so you can see it clearly. All the rest fades to a blur in the background.

I didn’t think of it at the time, but this is an interesting way to look at a situation. Instead of looking at the whole and seeing what you expect to see, pull out a small piece and look at it in a different way.

I tend to be a fairly black and white thinker, at least initially. You’ll occasionally find me planted firmly atop the metaphorical fence, but more often I have a definite viewpoint on things. The good thing (at least I suppose it’s good) is that I’m open to other perspectives and have sometimes been known to be persuaded to take a different stance.

I’ve had my chosen perspective challenged in any number of ways lately: Going back to work and seeing my connections to things and my priorities shift subtly from where I thought they were; letting go of things I thought were a given; accepting that taking a deep breath and a step back is okay, even if it means I have to play a different role.

One such challenge presented itself at work recently. In a very déjà-vu-esque sense I found myself staring down the mouth of a dragon I’ve fought (and been burned by) before. I didn’t want to be there, but I was having a really hard time changing my point of view.

Then a cherished colleague did for me what that app did to this picture – turned a piece of it upside down and gave me another way to look at it. I’m grateful both for her support and her insight, and I may just keep this image on my desk as a reminder.

Is there something you need to think differently about? Try this – grab hold of a part, flip it, turn it, and toss it into the air like a soap bubble. Let it hang. It might tell you a different story than the one you tell yourself.


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  1. What a great way to look at things!
    Love the picture, it’s awesome.

  2. That pic is way cool!

    And I like this idea/advice. Flip it! 😉

  3. Very cool picture. And a great way to think about a problem as something other than a “problem”….and more as parts of a whole that can be examined and analyzed and twisted around!

  4. What a good way of looking at things.

  5. This is awesome, Robin – the picture and what you have to say about it. When I still worked as a coach it was all about perspective. I learned that a good coach never tells people what to do, but gets them to ask the right questions and experience different perspectives, so they can find the answers themselves.
    Glad this is working out for you!

  6. Such a great metaphor! I often find myself seeking another perspective; it’s usually more helpful than not, *especially* at work. And inquiring minds want to know what this awesome app is!

  7. Great post. I’ve had my perspective challenged big time during the past month. Still trying to get a handle on it to be honest.

  8. This is so cool. I love it when something lets us look at an issue in a new way. And the photo is awesome – I never would have guessed!

  9. Perspective shifts are tough. But sometimes it can change everything. So proud of you.

  10. I’m not a black and white thinker at all. Pretty much all shades of grey here. Perspective is huge. That picture is cool.

  11. I have to admit that I hang onto my perspective more than is probably healthy. Your beautiful picture shows me that a topsy-turvy view of things can be just as valuable.


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