This was the contents of the one of the very last emails between a good friend Wendy and me before we or I left the 88th facility after almost 3 years of stay….. And I dedicate this to people who are stuck and imprisoned by their own minds…. too closed-minded to see the view from another perspective… I really wish they do….. because the view from here is exceedingly clear…. (the last words taken from Lex Luthor’s dialogue on Smallville Season 4 or 5)
p A r A d I g M s H i F t
Imagine you’re in an Airport. While you’re waiting for
your flight, you notice a kiosk selling shortbread
You buy a box, put them in your traveling bag and then
you patiently search for an available seat so you can
sit down and enjoy your cookies.
Finally you find a seat next to a gentleman. You reach
down into your traveling bag and pull out your box of
As you do so, you notice that the gentleman starts
watching you intensely. He stares as you open the box
and his eyes follow your hand as you pick up the
cookie and bring it to your mouth. Just then he
reaches over and takes one of your cookies from the
box and eats it!
You’re more than a little surprised at this. Actually,
you’re at a loss for words. Not only does he take one
cookie, but he alternates with you.
For every one cookie you take, he takes one.
Now, what’s your immediate impression of this guy?
Crazy? Greedy? He’s got some nerve! Can you imagine
the words you might use to describe this man to your
associates back at the office? Meanwhile, you both
continue eating the cookies until there’s just one
To your surprise, the man reaches over and takes it.
But then he does something unexpected. He breaks it in
half, and gives half to you.
After he’s finished with his half he gets up, and
without a word, he leaves.
You think to yourself, "Did this really happen?"
You’re left sitting there dumbfounded and still
hungry. So you go back to the kiosk and buy another
box of cookies. You then return to your seat and begin
opening your new box of cookies when you glance down
into your traveling bag.
Sitting there in your bag is your original box of
cookies — still unopened.
Only then did you realize that when you reached down
earlier, you had reached into the other man’s bag and
grabbed his box of cookies by mistake.
Now what do you think of the man? Generous? Tolerant?
You’ve just experienced a profound paradigm shift.
You’re seeing things from a new point of view.
Is it time to change your point of view?
Now, think of this story as it relates to your life.
Seeing things from a new point of view can be very
Think outside the box. Don’t settle for the status
quo. Be open to suggestions. Things may not be what