Sunrise, Sunset, The Seasons of Our Lives and Arbitrary Values
Things are actually very simple. Solutions are simple. It is this simplicity that our minds refuse to accept that makes us blind to the simplicity. Somehow the mind thrives on the thrill of making things complicated. The complication entertains it.
Values are assigned. They are arbitrary and can change. It all depends on the frame of mind of the one perceiving the object, or anything in particular, the viewpoint of the perceiver. Note that it is the perceiver who creates the viewpoint.
In college, there was this engineering class which I enjoyed much. We were asked to look at an object and draw it to specifications from a vanishing viewpoint. It was fantastic because looking at the object from a certain perspective and multiple perspectives and to draw how it would look was a great exercise in imagination and precision.
The objective was to present object via a series of plates [drawings] that shows how the object would look, viewed it at different angles.
There is no limit to the number of plates one can submit, but there was a minimum for the grade.
I woke up the other day after connecting with my college classmates on Facebook, and realized, oh my.. we are now the adults and it is our children are who are in college.
We are old in that sense, and for only a few moments that I was talking to one of them, I was brought back to the time I was eighteen years old and in college. In that moment, I shifted my viewpoint from that of the mother of a college student, to the college student I was. It was fun! The vanishing viewpoint was instantaneous, but one thing was very clear. It was I who created the view points, took them away and formed another viewpoint.
What is the significance of this in business? One can look at any business decision with a very simplistic point of view. No need to agonize about anything.
I asked my son something like this the other day “ In debate if the premise were wrong, what happens to the argument?”
He answered “The argument presented is still valid based on the premise that was worked on.” It made me smile, for a scientist who is open minded will always learn something from the experiment even if he proceeded to do the experiment with the wrong assumption, but only if he is open minded.
If the only thing one can get from a business decision that did not result in profit were to learn that you will or will not accept certain things for the sake of profit alone, it was well worth going through all the processes that led to the present moment. The perceived “loss” has now been a gain. Strictly speaking, there are no such things as losses. We assign them and we can unassign them at will. This is true of any life decision, not only the ones that pertain to business.
The sun will always rise where we are on the surface of the earth we are occupying, so it will set. How long is arbitrary. In Alaska, there is 6 months of sun and six months of darkness, if my memory is correct.
I can look at my age as more than half a century passed, or the beginning of the other half of the century. Frankly speaking, as I write this, I feel fantastic, so what does it really matter what one’s age is?
How long must you hang on to the pain of the past? You can summon it at will if you want to experience pain. Or you can dismiss it to experience and move on.
Reassign your values and live a happier life.
© 2010 Melinda M. Sorensson