A matter of perspective

The promise of a bigger salary, a higher reputation or a more proeminent position are not to be taken lightly. In a purely rational world, who doesn’t want to earn more money and recognition, or a boastworthy job title (which in many ways can bring even more money and recognition to the equation)?

Not many, we can be sure of that. Of course, we don’t live in a purely rational world.

I believe strenghts and weaknesses are but a matter of perspective, specially after we get to see what relative stability tastes like. What for one person or group might be the true description of paradise — big job, big pay, big team, big clients — for many others might just sound like the last thing they want to do. Or simply a superficial description of what it means to be in a good place.

In the jungle, one should not expect the elephant to understand the benefits of being a mouse, because those are two very different realities. Maybe the elephant likes being the way it is. But then again, maybe so does the mouse.

I’m not sure when or where we got to seeing bigger, better, faster, stronger as the ultimate goals in our personal and professional lives. I can understand where the motivation comes from; I can’t accept that those same people see every other option as something less of a goal.

“More” and “less” dance with elegance in this fragile balance we call life. There’s no point in trying to figure out how our point of view is going to win over everyone else’s, if everyone else is thinking the exact same thing. There is, however, a win/win option: realizing different points of view result in different concepts of happiness. And that my happiness will always be different from yours.

Our biggest strenghts might just be perceived as our biggest weaknesses. All it takes is someone else’s notion of what it is to do a good job.