The quiet power of looking at a thing sideways

An artist lives here
He probably looks at things sideways

This post from a couple of days ago ended with this thought: 

There’s real power in looking at a thing sideways

What does that mean?

We’re accustomed to looking at something straight on. We take obstacles at face value. 

Solutions often require a new pathway

When whales were being hunted to extinction for their blubber to fuel the economy of the time, the solution wasn’t to hunt more whales. It came from a viscous substance oozing from the deserts in the Middle East.

The solution to our carbon-polluted air won’t come from more gas and oil. It will come from other sources. It might be wind. It might be solar. It might be a resource we’re not even dreaming of yet.

Let’s say I’ve hit an impasse. Does that make my destination impossible? Hell no. 

But it might mean stepping off my path and forging a new one.

This is tough for me. I like my routines. I’m fond of the rhythm of my days. A new path means eliminating something or even most things I’d been doing. 

It’s thinking like a soul scientist. Experimenting in the direction of your joy . . . and noting the results.

Most emphatically it is not experimenting in the direction of your obstacle . . . Looking at a thing sideways is getting clear on where you want to be, and then improvising a new path there.

Not making enough money?

The temporary solution may be to work more hours. Sideways thinking would have you move off your path, just a little, and tweak from there

Despite the cultural ethos of hard work/working more hours, the highly successful have always figured out how to do things in fewer hours, with less effort.

That’s you. And that’s where I want to be. More effective because my focus softened enough to allow new possibilities into my paradigm.

There’s a new paradigm rising. It sounds a bit like the Tao. Where Taoists speak of effortlessness, we speak of inspired action. Which feels propulsive.

This propelling energy comes from the same root. Clarity. 

Becoming clear in your vision — even if it’s only for the next hour — releases extraordinary energy. And when you’re done you feel fulfilled, not depleted.

Clarity vibrates you to a new level. It puts you in tune with the infinite. Clarity is the opposite of rigidity. It compels fluidity. 

Once you’re clear about what you want, you can happily experiment your way there. 

Does it matter whether you go over the mountain or around it and through the forest on your way to the lake? 

It’s up to you. To me . . . . To get still and clear . . . and then improvise from there. 

(One interesting explorational step at a time.)

For you 

Evan Griffith
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