Changing perspectives: Telescopes and kaleidoscopes

first_imgThis is placeholder text Different views emerge when you refocus the lens on both a telescope and kaleidoscope. Here is some good news—we are all more resilient than we think! As a result, we can find ways to thrive over the next few months and well into 2021. That is not to say that there will not continue to be many changes that affect what we do, how we do it, and what meaning can be derived in doing so. However, successfully navigating these uncertainties will require a change in perspective to prove our own resilience.In thinking about changing perspectives, I am reminded of a great book, Up is Not the Only Way by Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams, and Lynn Cowart. While the book is about rethinking career “mobility” in a dynamic economy, there are many ideas that can help us deal with an uncertain future. These ideas can help us shift our perspective when life changes around us.The book has a special challenge for the reader. It is to watch for your “I never thought of it that way before” moments. There are several such moments I found in the second chapter in the book, titled, “Telescope to Kaleidoscope.” It is my favorite chapter, because of its many powerful metaphors and it is useful for reflecting, refocusing, and revealing different options for the new year. Here is how I interpreted the differences in telescopes and kaleidoscopes, the significance of each, and how to use both to become more resilient:Telescopes and Kaleidoscopes focus light to provide an image. The light used to convey these images is the same for everybody. In other words, we all have the same potential, just different telescopes and kaleidoscopes. Telescopes are focused on a single endpoint. Think of this as a career goal, a method of getting things done, or the ideal image of success. This image or goal you seek can be very far away or closer, depending on your vantage point “in life” at the current moment. The telescope helps you focus. Kaleidoscopes provide a dynamic view and have endless possibilities. Each view is based on having at least three different mirrors that can be adjusted. This was key for me in reading the chapter. Each of us have the same three mirrors that provide a reflection of who we are. These mirrors are 1) the skills we have, 2) the interests that drive us, and 3) the values we hold dear. Both have their uses. Telescopes are used to focus on specific things, while kaleidoscopes offer fun and ever shifting patterns. Yet, each view is important to consider when ordering our lives. The trick is to know when to alternate between the two.  This post is currently collecting data… Once you figure out the reflection in each of your mirrors, you can begin to appreciate new patterns as you adjust your kaleidoscope. These new patterns provide possibilities that are available to you. Once you decide on one, you can switch the view on your personal telescope to focus on that new image or goal.If you asked me thirty years ago where I would be today versus how I would have answered twenty, ten, or even five years ago—the results would indicate more than just one kaleidoscope of opportunity. The main thing is that I needed to see myself from multiple points of view in order to be resilient and adapt throughout my military career. (Aside: Having several mentors also helped me see these patterns.)On the other hand, my telescope was always focused on a single career point. As such, I made great progress throughout my military career. There is nothing wrong in keeping your focus. However, when that ultimate point proved out of reach, my telescope needed to be refocused on a different path—and here I am today. (Aside: A good set of mentors can also guide you to a better place.)Looking back and as I look forward into next year; my advice is to focus on your personal mirrors and polish those first. Do not look at the future solely through your personal telescope. Pick up your kaleidoscope and imagine all the possibilities from multiple perspectives and a willingness to be flexible enough to re-adjust the aim of your telescope. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Anthony Hernandez Anthony Hernandez is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC).  He joined DCUC as its Chief Operating Officer in August 2016 and was selected … Web: www.dcuc.org Detailslast_img read more

COPA AMERICA: Messi Matches Batistuta’s Argentina Record

first_imgShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Lionel Messi became his country’s equal all-time leading goalscorer as Argentina romped to a 4-1 win over Venezuela in a Copa America quarter-final in Foxborough, Massachusetts on Saturday.A Messi goal in the 60th minute took his career tally for Argentina to 54 goals, matching the record held by Gabriel Batistuta.Messi’s strike complemented two early goals by Gonzalo Higuain, while substitute Erik Lamela completed the rout.Argentina, who are seeking their first Copa triumph since 1993, were the better side throughout but Venezuela made their life easier with some slack defending and a horrific penalty miss by Luis Manuel Seijas.The result means the 14-time champion will face host nation the United States in next Tuesday’s semi-final in Houston.“It was an important game and it feels good,” Higuain said afterwards. “Until Tuesday is not a lot of time but we will turn our head to that. Let’s see if we can win.”Argentina have lost just once to Venezuela in 20 matches and they got off to the perfect start after just seven minutes when Higuain dived to turn a delicate cross from Messi past goalkeeper Dani Hernandez.The in-form Napoli striker made it two 20 minutes later when he latched on to a slack back pass from Arquimedes Figuera to round the goalkeeper and slot the ball into the empty net.The goals roused the underdogs into action and Salomon Rondon twice came close, once bringing an excellent save out of Sergio Romero and then seeing his header crash off the post.Venezuela should have pulled a goal back two minutes from half time after Romero brought down Josef Martinez in the box. However, the Manchester United goalkeeper redeemed himself when he stood firm and Seijas’ carelessly dinked penalty sailed right into his arms.Messi, who started for the first time in the tournament after three substitute appearances, put Argentina 3-0 ahead when he worked a lovely one-two with Nicolas Gaitan and then poked the ball under Hernandez with his left foot.Venezuela were not out of it, though, and Rondon got the lightest of touches on a cross to head home and make it 3-1 after 70 minutes.However, their hope was short lived as Argentina cancelled it out just seconds later when Lamela, who had been on the field only four minutes, shot home from 12 yards to make it 4-1.The result firmly establishes Argentina as the favourites to lift their 15th Copa America and equal the number held by Uruguay.The other semi-final will be between Colombia, who beat Peru on Friday night, and either the winner of Saturday night’s Mexico-Chile tie.last_img read more