Tuesday, 20 January 2015

The 30 Day Challenge: Day 24, The Point Of Views

Once upon a time, there lived six blind men in a village. One day the villagers told them, "Hey, there is an elephant in the village today."
They had no idea what an elephant was. They decided, "Even though we would not be able to see it, let us go and feel it anyway." All of them went where the elephant was. Everyone of them touched the elephant.
"Hey, the elephant is a pillar," said the first man who touched his leg.
"Oh, no! it is like a rope," said the second man who touched the tail.
"Oh, no! it is like a thick branch of a tree," said the third man who touched the trunk of the elephant.
"It is like a big hand fan" said the fourth man who touched the ear of the elephant.
"It is like a huge wall," said the fifth man who touched the belly of the elephant.
"It is like a solid pipe," Said the sixth man who touched the tusk of the elephant.
They began to argue about the elephant and everyone of them insisted that he was right. It looked like they were getting agitated. A wise man was passing by and he saw this. He stopped and asked them, "What is the matter?" They said, "We cannot agree to what the elephant is like." Each one of them told what he thought the elephant was like. The wise man calmly explained to them, "All of you are right. The reason every one of you is telling it differently because each one of you touched the different part of the elephant...

CALL TO ACTION

  • There's someone you may have had disagreements with in recent times. Replay the situation in your mind again.
  • Put yourself in their shoes and try to see things from their perspective.
  • Do they make any sense to you now? Do they have a point?
  • Apply this same principle whenever you have those thorny debates.
  • The point of views is that people will see things from their perspective and it doesn't necessarily make them wrong and you right.
©Naomi Lucas
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