Monday, June 27, 2005

Paradigm Shift

Ofcourse I didn't write was yet another forward...
but this had an effect on me..
so put it here

Change Your Point of View --- Joe Gracia
Imagine you're in London's Heathrow Airport. While you're waiting for your flight, you notice a kiosk selling shortbread cookies. You buy a box, put them in your traveling bag and then you patiently search for an available seat so you can sit down and enjoy your cookies.Finally you find a seat next to a gentleman. You reach down into your traveling bag and pull out your box of shortbread cookies.

As you do so, you notice that the gentleman starts watching you intensely. He stares as you open the box and his eyes follow your hand as you pick up the cookie and bring it to your mouth. Just then he reaches over and takes one of your cookies from the box, and eats it! You're more than a little surprised at this. Actually, you're at a loss for words. Not only does he take one cookie, but he alternates with you. For every one cookie you take, he takes one.

Now, what's your immediate impression of this guy? Crazy? Greedy? He's got some nerve?! Can you imagine the words you might use to describe this man to your associates back at the office? Meanwhile, you both continue eating the cookies until there's just one left. To your surprise, the man reaches over and takes it. But then he does something unexpected. He breaks it in half, and gives half to you. After he's finished with his half he gets up, and without a word, he leaves.

You think to yourself, "Did this really happen?" You're left sitting there dumbfounded and still hungry. So you go back to the kiosk and buy another box of cookies. You then return to your seat and begin opening your new box of cookies when you glance down into your traveling bag. Sitting there in your bag is your original box of ookies -- still unopened.

Only then do you realize that when you reached down earlier, you had reached into the other man's bag, and grabbed his box of cookies by mistake. Now what do you think of the man? Generous? Tolerant? You've just experienced a profound paradigm shift. You're seeing things from a new point of view.

Is it time to change your point of view?

Now, think of this story as it relates to your life . Seeing things from a new point of view can be very enlightening. Think outside the box. Don't settle for the status quo. Be open to suggestions. Things may not be what they seem.


Fathima said...

Nice one Gayu! I rather wondered what I wud have done if I was in the position of that old man. I wud have atleast eaten twice from the box as much as the person eats.

monu said...

i would have gone somewhere else and sat.. my food is important to me.......
that was a fwd fathima...
i just copy ..pasted it..becoz i found it good...
welcome to my blog!

virumandi said...

super forward!!!! aana enna..naan edutha adhuthavan pailaerthu thaan edupaen..adhanala..yaennnukku theriyum, yaen my next seat guys takes cookies from me!!!

monu said...


avan aduchuduvano oru bayam..illaatti naanum eduppen!

jac said...

That is a post I will say damn good. It gives you something to ponder.

monu said...

that was a forward....
thanks to joe garcia

Manoj said...

Good one...but why london heathrow?


monu said...


that only joe gracia knows!!
i got that as a forward!

Amol said...

cool one..
Such a short one conveying such a big one..