“It’s Not What You Look at That Matters. It’s What You See”

Henry David Thoreau writes: “It is not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” These words provide great leaders a beautiful moment of reflection. They think of how wonderfully unique each of us is. We see life differently, not “right” or “wrong,” but with a rich abundance of diversity that brings new insights and meaning to everything we touch. They muse about how these words speak to the creativity that spawned from that different set of eyes, a creativity so beautifully captured by George Bernard Shaw in his words: “Some men see things as they are and say, why? I dream things that never were and say, why not.” They recognize also the caution given in these words: to be vigilant in their understanding that they don’t know what they don’t know – that there may be more possibilities in something that they are not seeing. As Anais Nin tells us: “We don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are.”

Friedrich Nietzsche wrote: “At bottom every man knows well enough that he is a unique being, only once on this earth; and by no extraordinary chance will such a marvelously picturesque piece of diversity in unity as he is, ever be put together a second time.” May you revel in your  own magnificent uniqueness and the abundance of richness of diversity and differences of those whom you serve. May you be the reflection of your passion and love of life, of dreams undreamed and a love and joy of life that will inspire the hearts and souls of those whom we serve.

Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!

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2 Responses to “It’s Not What You Look at That Matters. It’s What You See”

  1. Jack Beach says:

    “It is not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.” How profound. We see through our attitudes. Although we cannot deny unpleasant realities, too often we blame the world for our attitudes rather than understanding our attitudes create our worlds. Thanks Mike.

  2. Louisa Martin says:

    Well said, Mike. And thank you Jack for the original post.

    May I add that too often we see what we want to see instead of looking at the whole picture — and that of course defines our bias and leads to unfair judgment.

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