Imagine you are at London’s Heathrow Airport. While you are waiting for your flight, you notice a kiosk selling shortbread cookies. You buy a box, put them in your traveling bag and then patiently search for an available seat so you can sit down and enjoy your cookies. Finally, you find a seat next to a gentleman. You reach down into your traveling bag and pull out your box of shortbread cookies. As you do so, you notice that the gentleman starts watching you intensely. He stares as you open the box and his eyes follow your hand as you pick up the cookie and bring it to your mouth. Then he reaches over and takes some of your cookies from the box and eats it! You are more than a little surprised at this. You are at a loss for words! Not only does he take one cookie, but he alternates with you. For every one cookie you take, he takes one.
Now, what is your immediate impression of this guy? Crazy? Greedy? Has he got some nerve? Can you imagine the words you might use to describe this man to your associates back at the office? Meanwhile, you both continue eating the cookies until there is just one left. To your surprise, the man reaches over and takes it, but then he does something unexpected. He breaks it in half and gives the other half to you. After he has finished with his half, he gets up and without a word, he leaves.
You think to yourself, did this really happen? You are left sitting there dumbfounded and still hungry. So you go back to the kiosk and buy another box of cookies. You return to your seat and begin opening your new box of cookies when suddenly you glance down into your traveling bag. Sitting there in your bag is your original box of cookies still unopened.
Only then do you realise that when you reached down earlier, you had reached into the other man’s bag and grabbed his box of cookies by mistake. Now what do you think of the man? Generous? Tolerant? You’ve just experienced a profound paradigm shift. You see things from a new point of view. Is it time to change your point of view? Now think of this story as it relates to your life. Seeing things from a new point of view can be very enlightening. Think outside the box. Don’t settle for the status quo. Be open to suggestions. Things may not be what they seem. Unless and until one realises the fact that no one will change his or her view of thinking in spite of a lot of external factors.
Every point has three sides: your Side, my side and the right side. To understand either the others’ side or the right side, one needs to leave his side.
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