“Our passion and principals are constantly in a frenzy, but begin to shift and waver, as we return to reason.” Laurence Sterne
“Humans have the ability to shift perspective. We can experience the world through our senses. Or we can remove ourselves from our senses and experience the world even less directly. We can think about our life, rather than thinking in our life.” John J. Emerick
Paradigm Shift: An adjustment in thinking that comes about as the result of new discoveries, inventions, or real-world experiences. FreeDictionary.com A change in the basic assumptions, or paradigms, within the ruling theory of science. Wikipedia
This morning, I stopped at a local Starbucks for a cup of coffee. Nothing fancy, just a dark roast grande with cream. As I drove off, I reached for my cup and took my first sip. Trickles of coffee seeped out from the corner of the lid. I pressed the lid firmly to make sure it was on tight and tried sipping again… same problem. I studied the cup, but nothing seemed askance. Since I had errands to run, I drove on sipping and wiping spilled coffee off my vest. “How strange!” I thought. “Starbucks never has lousy cups… maybe they’ve ordered a poorly designed set.” Yada, yada, yada.
“We’ve seen in the last half century an incredible shift. This is just an extraordinary time to be alive.” Neale Donald Walsch
“What is the life of man! Is it not to shift from side to side? From sorrow to sorrow? To button up one cause of vexation! And unbutton another!” Laurence Sterne
At a traffic light, this one a fairly long light at a busy intersection, I studied my coffee cup, removed the lid, and noticed that the part I sipped from was exactly at the corner where the paper-cup‘s two sections meet to be sealed. That little bump in the cup created a bubble or hole that was causing the problem. I turned the lid around and placed my spout elsewhere … voila! Problem solved. A tiny adjustment, a shift in perspective, and what could have become a massive annoyance was resolved. In the same way, we can make adjustments and shifts in our thinking to help us find solutions to all sorts of problems.
“When an idea reaches critical mass, there is no stopping the shift its presence will induce.” Marianne Williamson
“What we do at its very, very best, at its very, very most, will shift us slightly in our seat. If only for two hours, great. If for the rest of our lives, even better.” Campbell Scott
Paragon shift: A state of extreme perception, reflexes and dexterity. When one triggers or experiences a paragon shift, he or she knows exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Urban Dictionary.com
By the same token, we can build a keen sense of self, and develop a relationship with our mind and body that will help us stay attuned to when we need to take care of a potential problem. A shift in perspective definitely helps… From time to time, some of us visit our Chiropractor for adjustments; especially when muscular or skeletal twinges make our movements unbearable. About nine years ago, I was rear ended by a little old lady on a bridge. The whiplash I sustained meant an ambulance trip to the emergency room, a neck brace for a few days, and some painkillers to soothe my frayed nerves. I thought nothing of it after the pain slipped away, and family and life demands kicked right back in…
Nine years later, that seemingly minor event reared its ugly head as an excruciatingly painful shoulder problem. I didn’t know it at the time and assumed I had pinched a nerve in the gym or in bed. My chiropractor, in business for 35+ years, took a look at the X-rays and knew what was causing me pain. The precision of his diagnosis brought me back to this subject of perspective. What we think, see or believe, can be adjusted with a bit more information, additional insights from an expert, and even our willingness to consider alternate perspectives about our lives and our conditions. More below.