Choose a Different Perspective: June 2018

David Graham June 5, 2018

Monthly Newsletter

“Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the universe.” – Yayoi Kusama

On Wednesday of last week, I drove to the AGO in the bright spring sunshine with the roof down in my Mini Cooper. I was buzzing with anticipation; it was finally time to see the Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors. I met up with a good friend, grabbed a beer and we headed in.

As we entered each room, the lighting and mirrors revealed a space that went on forever.  Whether it was a large room, small room or a peep hole, there was an incredible vastness to each instalment. Once we adjusted our focus, it gave us a sense of limitless possibility.

But in the real rooms of life, it’s not quite that simple, is it? How do we see a positive outcome when we are knee deep in the tough stuff? It’s not always that easy to shift our perspective when we’re struggling.

Recently a friend called me for some coaching on a difficult work situation. After a brief conversation, I was delighted to hear that she felt a little lighter. But why? Her situation hadn’t changed. Much like Kusama’s infinity rooms, she was able to adjust her perspective and look at it from a new refreshed point of view.

But it doesn’t end there. Unlike an art exhibit, it’s a continual process that we need to work on, over and over again. First, we must take a deep breath and acknowledge our current feelings. Then take a big step back to look at the big picture, adjust the focus, chose a different angle and then move forward.

The world belongs to those who can keep opening up their perspective to see a bigger picture, navigating the kaleidoscope of daily emotions we feel each and every day.

Wishing you a beautiful perspective in June!


David Graham

Dave coaches good leaders who want to be great leaders and he works with leaders to build high performing, super-focused teams. For transformational experiences, he takes teams out of the boardroom and into nature.