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The Work Is A Lot Like Photography

A slight change in angle makes all the difference.

The Work Is A Lot Like Photography

I was a professional photographer for years and a big part of photography was finding an unusual angle on a scene.

They say the difference between good art and great art is a matter of millimeters. One little move in your position, and the scene can look dramatically different.

For example, the photograph above of McIntyre Bluff in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, works because of the camera angle. When I first got to the scene, I couldn’t see the lake. And only a small part of the vineyard was visible.

So I climbed up a cliff about 20-30 feet and suddenly the whole thing opened up. I could see Lake Vaseux and all the rolling hills filled with grape vines. That’s when my heart opened up and I stood stunned by beauty of the scene.

The Work Is Very Similar

If photography is about finding beautiful scenes, then The Work is about finding beautiful insights. They are out there. It’s just a matter of looking for them.

As a photographer, I used to feel that any scene whatsoever had beauty worth photographing. It was my job to find it by looking from every angle.

And now, as a facilitator of The Work, I feel the same way: that any situation, no matter how stressful has a hidden beauty in it. It’s just a matter of finding it, by looking from every angle.


That's What The Four Questions And Turnarounds Are For Me

They are a way to explore every angle of a stressful thought. If I can shift my perspective even just one degree, the result can be a completely different experience of the same situation.

That’s all we’re doing. Just shifting perspective. No need to change the landscape. Just change your point of view.

One degree can make the difference between yuck and amazing!

Learn how you can change your perspective in any situation.

“As you come to see what isn’t true for you, and as you experience question 3 (“How do I react, what do I say and do, when I believe that thought?”), there is such a shift inside you that you may lose the most essential agreements with your family. “Charlie should brush his teeth”—is it true? No, not until he does”