So there I was last Friday with my son, Maximiliano, at opening day for our Arizona Diamondbacks. I purchased my tickets a bit later than usual, so the choice seats were gone, but hey, it’s opening day, and there’s nothing quite like it. We arrive, corral some food, and begin our trek to the upper deck, whereupon I’m advised by an usher that we’re on the very top row…Row 32 to be exact, but right behind home plate. We land in our seats, a bit weary from the steep climb, but we’re there.
I sit down and look out at the ballpark and am taken aback…Wow! What a view we had. We could see everything on the baseball diamond, like diagramming a play on a chalkboard. I began to think about how many times I’ve visited our hometown ballkpark, which has been numerous, but how I was noticing things I never had before and it was all because of where we were sitting.
Now my son, well, he was into his hot dog, popcorn and lemonade, chanting “Let’s Go Dbacks” and wanting to know how long he’d have to wait before we could scoop up some ice cream; it was delightful.
How about you? You may have worked in the same organization, taken the same route to work and worked with a number of the same people for quite a while; that can inadvertently create a certain kind of change atrophy. Over time, our perspectives can become narrowed by the grind of work, and with it our ability to embrace new opportunities – personally and professionally. How about if you re-arranged your office furniture, or navigated a different route to work, asked to be invited to a staff meeting of a department you know very little about? What might happen? I’m a big believer that unless we consciously place ourselves in uncomfortable situations, we neglect our creativity muscles and can become complacent. Granted, a certain amount of routine is necessary, but when everything about your life and work is predictable, it’s time to change your seat. So, you may not be a baseball fan, but go to a game, enjoy a hot dog, and sit in a seat way out in left field or something – you’re brain, and spirit, will appreciate it. Let’s continue our journey in getting better all the time!