The wrong end of a telescope


Most of us know of or have heard of Dr. Seuss.  He was an American writer famous for creating dozens of children’s books.  He once said, “I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.  Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.  Which is what I do, and that enables you to laugh at life’s realities.”  There is meaning in his words for us in industry, as well.  It is so easy for us to get in that rut of doing things the same way at the same time every day.  We do and say what others expect.  We stay in “character” because, after all, we are who we are.

But, just for today, the challenge is to look at life “through the wrong end of the telescope.”  Step outside your box and see what your world looks like from there.  What do others see when they look at you?  How can we look at our problems differently?  How many other ways can we imagine to solve our problems?  What would we do if the wanted to create this problem?  Looking at problems in this way might just help us find an answer we never expected to find.  Here are a few other quotes from Dr. Seuss:

  1. “You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You’re on your own, and you know what you know.  And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” – Is today the day you need to make that decision you’ve delayed?  What can you do to resolve that issue in your group?  Is there a new direction needed?
  2. Don’t cry because it’s over.  Smile because it happened. – There is always a “what’s next.”  When we linger in the past too long, we just might miss something great.
  3. “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.” – Don’t you just hate it when you know that it’s you that needs to take action… that others are looking to you to make a difference?  It honestly may not get better unless you do.

Think about what Dr. Seuss might be saying to you or us today.  And, at the end of the day, we might think about one more thing he said, “Today was good.  Today was fun.  Tomorrow is another one.”  Have an awesome day!

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