365 Writing Prompts: Perspective

Think about something that drives you crazy. Now, think about something that makes you happy. Does it change your perspective on the former?

Albert Einstein said, “You cannot solve a problem with the same mind that created it.”

I know Albert Einstein wanted us to change how we felt when we had the problem.My question is what if the problem still exists and I’m the only one who is prepared to change, What then, how can it be solved?

To understand ourselves, others, the world around me, I can change,  what about the others if they are stubborn and hold on to the grudge, how is my change going to help the situation?

There are things that make me happy e.g, kind friends who are ever ready to help in any circumstance.

It is completely different from the former, in the former I have someone who is always ready to stab me in the back regardless of how much energy I expend to smooth out things. It is clearly a very different scenario, it does not give me any hope that changing my perspective will  make me happy!







6 thoughts on “365 Writing Prompts: Perspective

  1. Dear Ranu,

    Thank you for this perceptive post. You’ve expressed a lot about how we may relate to others, how we may change, and, perhaps, how our change may influence others.

    All good wishes,


  2. I’ll tell you a short story I heard at the mosque.

    A farmer in a village enters his maize harvest for the annual competition. Every year without fail, he won. After many years of winning a journalist interviewed him and asked what his secret was.
    The farmer replied “Every year I buy the very best seeds from the shops and I share these seeds with all my neighbours. The very best quality.”
    The journalist was puzzled. “How would this work, why would you give everyone your best seeds?”
    The farmer said ” Well, when the crop is growing and the cross pollination through the bees from neighbouring crops ensure that my cops are strong. If the neighbours had bad crops, all my hard work would mean nothing if the pollen was weak.”

    So, Ranu, if there is good in you and you give good to to other despite whatever they may be, somehow a cross-pollination of thoughts will eventually benefit you and perhaps others too. Hope this simplistic story helps in some way.

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