These words came to mind when I was thinking about how two people can look on the same thing and have quite different reactions and responses. It turns out they’re from a Christmas song from The Little Drummer Boy.
One person looks at how things are and sees a hopeless situation. Another looks and sees an opportunity. One thinks they see the answer – at least the conclusion but the other sees a question.. One is travelling away from something, the other is traveling towards.
The ability to see something for what it is allows what Roy Baumeister might call aacrystalisaztion of discontent”** to take place. Instead of being like other hopeless situations, it becomes memorable and meaningful.’^
This moment of seeing, which is elevated, insightful, masterly and connecting, doesn’t come from out of the blue but from a lifetime of living in a particular direction. It’s simply a moment of realignment to our future hope.
Edgar Schein offers an insight for this clarity of seeing:
‘The critical thing is not to stereotype the situation even if it looks like something familiar.’**
What do you see?