The Disco Ball of Life

perspective Dec 13, 2023
Illustration of Charis Santillie with a disco ball
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🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #087 here.

As we head into the holiday season and the hustle and bustle of this time of year, it's easy to feel overwhelmed. You may find yourself reflecting on the past year, thinking about what you've accomplished and what you still aspire to do. In the midst of all this, it's important to remember a powerful metaphor that can help us navigate these times and embrace understanding and compassion for ourselves and others (especially as we gather with family...)

The Disco Ball Perspective

The concept of the disco ball, as I've learned from following Jessa Reed on the Patreon, offers a fresh perspective on the diversity of human experiences. Imagine yourself standing inside a disco ball, looking out through one of its many mirrors. Each mirror represents a different person's viewpoint, a unique lens through which they see the world. Just like no two pieces of broken glass in a disco ball are reflecting back the same exact image, no two individuals have the exact same perspective.

A Beautiful Arrangement

In this collective human experience, we are all interconnected, and our individual perspectives combine to create a beautiful arrangement of diverse viewpoints. However, I recognize that frustration can come up when others see things differently from us. So now, use this metaphor and picture two people looking out from different squares on the disco ball, unable to bridge the gap between their perspectives. They may find it challenging to understand each other's opinions or points of view because their window to the world is through a different spot on the disco ball.

But here's the beauty of this disco ball metaphor: it reminds us that diversity in perspective is not a flaw but a natural part of the human experience. None of us are wrong or bad for seeing things differently; instead, our differences make us unique. By practicing patience for ourselves and others, we can bring about greater understanding and compassion.

Embracing Differences

As we approach the end of the year, it's essential to remember that we are all looking through our own little square of the disco ball. Our viewpoints are shaped by our individual experiences, emotions, and beliefs. Recognize that there are countless other squares on the disco ball, each offering a different vantage point. Just because someone sees something entirely different doesn't make them any less valid.

The disco ball metaphor serves as a powerful reminder of our interconnectedness and the importance of embracing different perspectives. Let's take a deep breath, embrace our unique lenses, and extend grace and understanding to others as we navigate this ever-evolving world. Remember, life is like a disco ball—full of vibrant, diverse perspectives that come together to create something truly magical.

“A disco ball is hundreds of pieces of broken glass put together to make a magical ball of light.” 

– Unknown Author

🎧 👉 Prefer audio? You can also listen to me share about this in podcast episode #087 here.

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