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