The Other Way Around

This morning on my walk I decided to go ‘the other way around’ and turned left and not right on one of my chosen routes.

And it was quite the experience.

I noticed things that I have never seen before; houses, gardens, trees, flowers, angles, and even new roadkill!

It was like I was on a new walk, but I had walked that route many times before.

Then it came to me – same walk, different perspective. By turning left and not right, I had opened up to a new way of observing the world.

I then reflected on how many times I can ‘turn right’ – on auto-pilot (or at times stubbornness) – and I miss out on seeing life from a new angle.

Which got me contemplating even more, about how people offer us the opportunity to ‘turn left,’ to see life from their understanding, and how our reactions to this can vary from being super open, to “no way, I am only a right-hand-turn-kinda-person!”

Every day, people are offering us an opportunity to view life through their turns around the world. And if we are open to this we can discover a new insight or a whole new way of looking at life.

At times we may not always agree nor share this perspective, but I do know it brings an opportunity for understanding and connection to our fellow brothers and sisters. And it feels like the world really needs that right now.

With the choice to be more open to turning left or right and not always going on the well-trodden path of old behaviours and patterns, who knows what is on offer to discover?

By Sarah Flenley, Woman and keen observer of life, Cairns, Far North Queensland, Australia

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486 thoughts on “The Other Way Around

  1. Breaking habits always comes with experiencing something fresh; it keeps us open and curious to what more there is to life.

  2. What I love about this is that you simply chose a different movement by turning left instead of right. It shows the simplicity life offers and the power that lies in our every move.

  3. There’s nothing quite like ringing the changes and choosing a different path to walk in life. Sometimes it takes something untoward to happen in our lives before we turn left instead of right – but why wait, making the choice to change direction is just that, a choice, and I have found that by making that choice to change an old habit or pattern then changes everything and opens up my world in ways I could never have imagined.

  4. Each day is a new day which offers so much for us to experience on our evolutionary path, if we are open to receive what is present in each moment.

    1. Yeah I love that Jill, everyday is a fresh start to make new choices, to have more awareness to live what is next now.

  5. I find we walk the same path because it is familiar and safe. We tend to avoid anything new because of the fear of the unknown. I notice how much we miss out when we opt for safety and familiarity when there is a whole world for us to explore.

  6. If we live our lives “on auto-pilot (or at times stubbornness)” we are in danger of missing out on so much magic in this world, magic that is always on offer even if we are walking the same way as usual but making the choice to open our eyes wide to truly see what is all around us. I am sure, just like you Sarah, we may be pleasantly surprised.

    1. So true Ingrid, there is so much magic in this world and I realise how easy it is to miss this when we only see with our eyes and not with our hearts. When we open our eyes to truly see, we are also opening our heart to see the world with a whole new depth and multidimensional aspect.

      1. I am coming to understand the multidimensionality of the world we inhabit but it seems to me that most of humanity goes around with blinkers on only seeing what they want to and so only scratching the surface of what exactly is there to be seen and therefore missing out on the magic. There are so many layers to this world of ours but choosing to live with an open heart will in turn support us to see the world with all of our body and our being not just our eyes.

  7. How we observe life is greatly effected by our perspective, position, angle of observation and we will always get a deepening clarity as we walk connected to our essence then if we walk backwards we introduce a different phenomena, which adds to our over-all way of receiving life as we are seeing or recieving where we have been.

  8. “Every day, people are offering us an opportunity to view life through their turns around the world. And if we are open to this we can discover a new insight or a whole new way of looking at life.” So true Sarah. I love how simply turning left instead of right gave you a whole new perspective on your usual walk. There is a lot on offer for us when we choose to see things from a different angle.

  9. It shows that we have to be open to what others see and experience in a situation even if it is a situation we tread many times. Currently most of us live with a limited perception of what is going on and being open allows us to see the grander magic at play

  10. Lately I have been getting super surprised about many things that I have accepted as true but which are not in fact true. I never knew for example that I could work 18- hour days in a very physical job and not exhaust myself. It is amazing what we can do when we listen to and honour our body.

  11. We can live life from our right position and defend it to the hilt, making others wrong. Or we can live life feeling what is and what is not true in terms of love.

  12. It’s interesting how we can get stuck in a grove and not realise we are in one – after all haven’t things always been done this way sort of thing. Whenever do we question the things that have always been?

  13. We can apply this principle to other things where the well trodden behaviours lurk too, like bringing changes to a trusted recipe, switching up a clothes combination, or changing the furniture around. I find this kind of exploring fun and often come up with a new ‘favourite’ until I take another ‘left turn’!

  14. I like the bit about people offering us other perspectives and how that gives us an opportunity to ‘turn left instead of right’. To me that’s why conversation can be so powerful.

  15. ‘At times we may not always agree nor share this perspective, but I do know it brings an opportunity for understanding and connection to our fellow brothers and sisters.’

    This is such a great attitude to have when living in a world full of people with different perspectives who often don’t agree. Usually the default setting when someone doesn’t share the same point of view is to try and persuade them to yours. This is the cause of great conflict. I notice that even within fractions there is disagreement – no two people are the same – so this way of being is a set up to just keep us separated and against one another.

    I used to be this way much more so than I am now. But it’s a recipe for being at odds with everyone and being constantly in reaction to others’ opinions and upset. What I notice is that I am more than what opinions I hold and I notice this in others, they are more too. It’s good to hear how they see the world and understand no judgement is necessary!

  16. I was once in a relationship where my partner would always be very certain about the way he chose to do something would be the ‘right’ way, despite what I felt. My view was that there was always another way to look at something. It used to cause much conflict between us, but when something is felt so strongly in the body, to deny it is to dishonour oneself, the other and the divine wisdom that is there to be shared with us all.

  17. Our normal is not our normal, do we ever question ourselves that?
    For we have some how made an rule that what is lived by the many is what is accepted “normal”..
    So that means if 80% of the world lives a lie for example ; that he or she is not love, that this then means that our “normal” is that we are not love. This is crazy really. This exposes the fact that we need to look at what we have accepted “normal” to be.

  18. You raise something beautiful here Sarah, we may not agree with another but by being open to hearing them we come to more deeply understand them and that’s so worth doing, for it’s only with that deeper understanding with all of us that we all evolve and grow.

  19. The way we think we want to go can easily be a longer more circuitous route that keeps us away from what is true so it is wise to discern the direction we are going.

  20. How interesting is it that we can be living in the same place for many years but instead of seeing all that is around us we are limited, then we choose to walk differently – either a different way of embracing all that we bring and we end up seeing a whole lot more.

  21. By meeting people, and being open and really listening to what they have to say, we can know everything that is going on this world. No news paper needed. Just like the Middle Ages or Ancient Greece.

  22. “same walk, different perspective. By turning left and not right, I had opened up to a new way of observing the world…” A great reminder to take off our blinkers so we can get 20/20 vision.

  23. Doing the same thing builds familiarity, certainty, and trust but the only ‘same thing’ we need to do is listen to our heart – the rest should flux and change and flow.

  24. We can limit our expressing so much with what we think we ought to do rather than what is needed to be done in any given moment.

    1. So very true Elizabeth. I have been noticing that the less I hold on to my thoughts of how I, others or the situation should be, the less burdoned and restricted I am. And the more I surrender to observing and feeling the moment, and allowing the awareness of my heart to impulse the way, the more expanded, empowered and in harmony with a bigger whole I naturally feel.

  25. This also makes me consider what it is like to walk a certain distance and then to turn around and walk back the way we came. If we so choose, it is an opportunity to get to feel the energy of the footprints we left behind and what energy we were walking in.

  26. It so easy to get fixed on a certain way of being, a certain direction we go in, it’s the default mode and we can just roll with it because we think that is it, the only way. When things come along and present another way for what ever reason we can go into thinking it is a disruption. And in some cases it may well be but in others it may well be that we are needing to go another way for what is needed at that time. To be open to feeling into every moment and what feels true at that time is a completely different way to how we have been brought up.

  27. As we can turn left instead of always right on a macro scale we can also start to move more lovingly with our bodies than we ever did before on micro scale level.

  28. I agree we need to understand people not judge them just because they have a different way of viewing the world.

  29. It feels so great to get out of our old behaviours and try something new, just to give a fresh perspective on things.

  30. A beautiful sharing on new perspectives we can be open to in our lives and how this can open up and unfold with a simplicity and expansion in different ways in our lives offering new shifts and changes that we are ready for and allows the flow and harmony from our movements.

  31. The control we live in is shown by those patterns.
    To surrender and not knowing what will be there is our way forward…. or lets say backward to live from our essence again.

  32. It is brilliant how you changed your perspective by simply turning left instead of right. I have been observing that when we notice we are in a rut or an energetic pattern we would like to be out of, that choice accompanied with even the subtlest of shift in our posture or movements has a profound impact.

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