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What do you see?

The best vision is insight.

Malcolm Forbes


I have the highest regard for folks who have highly developed insight, you know the people who often see things we don’t. Many times when I have asked the question “What do you see” they will offer things that I had missed. It is as if I put on a pair of glasses and saw a two dimensional picture turn into a sculpture.

We all see the world from our own place in it, and yet there is more than meets the eye. I am glad that I have insightful friends that help me see what I otherwise would miss. One of the greatest compliments I got years ago was from someone who said I saw things he didn’t, our friendship was the result of shared  learning experiences.

So my friends what do you see? I would love to share in your vision,

Here are some tips offered by author Andrew Leigh on how we all can sharpen our vision.

7 Ways to Develop Your Insight

1.Value Intuition: attach more importance to the less logical, more intuitive side of your nature

2.Personal challenges: set yourself new personal challenges around the whole area of exploring what you are feeling and thinking

3.Find role models: find someone good at knowing what others are thinking and feeling. Spend time talking with them, reviewing recent situations and how they see them. What evidence does this other person use to draw conclusions?

4.Analyse: next time you make a decision, talk in a meeting, or take an action, try reviewing afterwards: Why did I do that? What effect did I have? Why did that work? How could I do that well? What went wrong with what I did?

5.Internal “cast of characters: identify your internal “cast of characters”: the achiever, the bully, the coward, the lover, the joker, the procrastinator, the doer, the enthusiast, the music lover, the sports person, the eccentric, the worrier and so on. These “characters” influence how you behave and respond to the world

6.Widen your perspective: explore ways of expanding the channels you use for gaining information about the world around you. For example, find opportunities to take a closer look at your Views, Prejudices, Assumptions, Beliefs and Interpretations

7.Observe: at your next meeting with several people, concentrate on being a careful observer. Use your natural powers of analysis to build a picture of Why do they do what they do? What are they feeling? What do they want? How do their words differ from their actions? What do their actions tell me? What is not being said? What is it like being that person, rather than me? Look closely at their body language–their gestures, posture, or expression.


Outsiders often have an insight that an insider doesn’t quite have.

Diane Abbott


“How does your wife like being pregnant?” John asked his friend David.

“Oh, she’s not pregnant,” David replied, “she’s expecting.”

“What’s the difference?” Sam pressed.

“Well,” David explained, “She’s expecting me to cook dinner, she’s expecting me to do the housework, she’s expecting me to rub her feet.”


Most people die of a sort of creeping common sense, and discover when it is too late that the only things one never regrets are one’s mistakes.

Oscar Wilde


One day in class, the teacher told everyone to turn to a blank sheet of paper in their notebooks. She noticed that Chip, the dumb jock, was having trouble with her directions.

“Have you found a blank piece yet, Chip?” said the teacher.

“Nope. I haven’t,” said the dumb jock. “Somebody went through and drew lines across all of the pages.”


Laughter is the shortest distance between two people.

Victor Borge


The two ladies were sitting in the living room, waiting for their hostess, who was slightly delayed.  The daughter of the family was with them, on the theory that she would keep the visitors occupied during the wait. The child was about six years old, snub nosed, freckled, buck toothed and bespectacled.  She maintained a deep silence and the two ladies peered doubtfully at her.  Finally, one of them muttered to the other, “Not very p-r-e-t-t-y, I fear,” carefully spelling the ‘key’ word.

Whereupon the child piped ups, “But awful s-m-a-r-t.”


A computer *Does* save time at work.

I can play solitaire without having to spend all that time shuffling real cards.


Also known as ‘women’s intuition,’ this sixth sense thing is no myth. Women seem to know what’s going on in their man’s lives almost better than they do. Why is this?

In the early 80’s researchers discovered that women have more connections between the brain’s two hemispheres than men do. It’s these connections that allow them to put together a puzzle from seemingly unconnected pieces.

That, and they go through your stuff while you’re in the shower.


The next time you feel like complaining, remember: Your garbage disposal eats better than thirty percent of the people in this world.


After a trial had been going on for three days, Finley, the man accused of committing the crimes, stood up and approached the judge’s bench.  “Your Honor, I would like to change my plea from ‘innocent’ to ‘guilty’ of the charges.”

The judge angrily banged his fist on the desk. “If you’re guilty, why didn’t you say so in the first place and save this court a lot of time and inconvenience?” he demanded.

Finley looked up wide-eyed and stated, “Well, when the trial started I thought I was innocent, but that was before I heard all the evidence against me.”


The first rule for success? Show up.

Jeanne Robertson


A zoning board had just been set up in a new community.  A householder went to the office to request permission to build a small tool shed in his backyard.

“Have you a plan?” asked the director.

“Oh, yes,” said the householder, who showed him a map of his neighborhood, the dimension of his yard, and a sketch of the shed.

“That looks fine,” said the director.  He pulled out a piece of paper, wrote a few words on it, Xeroxed it, and said, “Here’s your permission.”

A month later, a neighbor in almost exactly the same situation also wanted permission for a shed in her yard.  She went to the director, got as far as a secretary, and made her request.  “Thank you, Mrs. Smith,” said the secretary, taking the documents.  “Telephone me in two weeks and I’ll let you know what the director’s decision is, or what further steps are necessary.”

“But,” groaned Mrs. Smith, “a month ago my neighbor got permission right away.”

“Oh, yes,” said the secretary, “but that was before we got organized.”


A point of view can be a dangerous luxury when substituted for insight and understanding.

Marshall McLuhan


Stay well, do good work, and have fun.

Ray Mitchell

Indianapolis, Indiana

Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.

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Comments on: "What do you see?" (1)

  1. i love the forbes comment and the seven tips –

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