The point of today’s blog isn’t political affiliation, rather it’s another example of how a person’s experiences affect their viewpoint or belief systems.
An article in today’s Morning Call ( http://bit.ly/57O8HO ) tells the story of a lifelong Republican, Anne Horosky, who voted for McCain & Palin and never imagined that she’d host an event for the Obama Administration. But in June, 2009 the 53-year-old woman lost her job. This new experience created a new perspective. ”I’m seeing what it’s all about on the other side and now I understand how government can really work for someone who is in need,” Horosky said. So, at the request of The White House, on Monday night in Allentown, PA she’ll host a jobs forum and report back her findings.
Horosky’s been standing in a different spot, so to speak, since June and sees government differently, although it didn’t change. In some ways this is like the optical illusion below. Two people can be seeing the same thing, disagree, and yet both be right.
Remembering this when you’re interacting with people (particularly in a problem solving or brainstorming meeting) helps you be more open to other viewpoints. You may or may not have your mind changed but you can at least recognize your own paradigms, which provides the possibility of expanded thinking – a tremendous asset in today’s world.
PS – depending on whether you see the old lady or the young lady in the perception example above will determine your response. Will you offer to help her walk across the street or ask her out on a date?