What do you see?

I once read a Peanuts cartoon where Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy are lying on a grassy knoll and Lucy asks, “What do you see when you look up at the clouds?” 

Linus is quick to respond and says, “Well, those clouds up there look like the map of British Honduras on the Caribbean. That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the Stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side.”

Lucy says, “Wow. That's very good, Linus. What about you, Charlie? What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?” 

A puzzled Charlie responds, “Well... I was going to say a ducky and a horsey, but I changed my mind.” 

So, what? How does that silly comic strip apply to leadership, business, or anything other than a funny way to shine a light on perspective?

Well, it's all in how you look at it! I think we all have a choice to make, and it’s up to us to make each day something special; something new; something incredible. Charlie and Linus were looking up at the same sky. The same hodgepodge of clouds. They just saw them differently. Neither of them were wrong, per se, but how much more beautiful to look for the miraculous in the mundane?

The same can be true for you today. With the right perspective, challenges can become opportunities, failures can become learning experiences, and with the right attitude, every minute of every day can become something, well, beautiful.

We can find the miraculous in the mundane if we look close enough.

Ultimately, the way we see things changes the way we live; and the way we live most definitely impacts the lives of the people around us.

So, what about you? What do you see in the clouds?