“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!