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"The Way You See Your Life Shapes Your Life." Monday June 13, 2016

So begins Day 5 of Rick Warren's influential book, "The Purpose Driven Life – What on Earth am I here for?"

I'd like to flip that and ask, "What shape do you see yourself as?" And to keep this simple, let me offer you as many choices as you have digits on one hand!

Do you see yourself most like a box? Or are you more like a triangle? Do you resemble a circle? Or would you prefer to see yourself as a squiggle (like an uncoiled spring)? Not sure? How about a rectangle?

Pause before you proceed and place those five shapes in order of preference. You have the capacity to be all of these but not the preference, so put them in a list from your favourite to your least favourite. {And, yes, I know some of you have done this before – there's a new twist coming!}

Dr Susan Dellinger calls this shape-system PsychoGeometrics™ - and she assigns different communication styles to each shape. For today, though, let's see them as windows through which we see our lives.

The box or the square window is a window that enjoys detail and analysis of life. It likes to see the boxes ticked. It's about process and procedure.

The triangle (or arched window if you ever saw the UK's show, "Play School") likes results – literally to get to the point (or the top). It's about production.

The circle or round window is all about the people. It's about harmony and balance in relationships.

The squiggle doesn't have a frame, so it's more interested in creating more possibilities.

And the dear rectangle is never quite sure what shape it's in so it is about procrastination, discovery and change.

It takes all shapes to make the world – specifically your world. You were never meant to do this alone. You cannot be all shapes all the time. So don't try to.

Do you fancy changing the shape you're in?

'Cos you know you can choose the shape you're in, don't you?

One shape at a time.

You could choose, today, another frame through which to see the world.

And once you've settled on the shape that suits you, seek out the other shapes so you may build a better world together. We need one another.

Who is best at seeing your world through the square window? Spend time with them, learn from them, imitate them when you need to. Who can see most effectively through the arched window? Who do you know who is wonderful as seeing through the round window? And who is always seeing possibilities? Build your house with all these windows in it and you will see a more amazing world than you ever imagined!

Lex
A Moodscope member.

Thoughts on the above? Please feel free to post a comment below.


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Laura Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 1:07am

How interesting, Lex. I see a little bit of myself in all of the shapes, but I fancy myself a little squiggly! Thanks for giving me something to think about. :)

Lex Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 5:36am

You're welcome, Laura. I hope your day shapes up to be a great one! L'x

Lex Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 5:37am

You're welcome, Laura. I hope your day shapes up to be a great one! L'x

Orangeblossom Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 7:18am

Hi Lex
Thanks for the thoughts. My first preference is to see my life as a circle with no sharp corners or edges. However, I reckon that each encounter brings out another shape in me.

Lex Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 7:45am

That's the best way, Orangeblossom - meet people in the shape they are in, and then help 'em shape up to another one if it helps. Lovin' your flexibility! L'x

Eva Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 7:26am

I always wanted to see through the arched window, that was my favourite. Wow that takes me back. A friend of mine once said if she was having difficulty with a decision she would imagine what I might do, and that gave her another perspective. So that's something I do to help myself out sometimes.

Interesting blog thanks Lex. I enjoy your Monday pondering.

Lex Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 7:47am

What a massive compliment to you from your friend, Eva. You were in her mastermind group in her thoughts so she must deeply respect your viewpoint and perspective. May you see the world in wonderful ways today, through the arched window... and any others you choose. L'x

LillyPet Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 8:00am

Hi Lex,
I see myself in all of the shapes too! Before I read what they meant, I rejected the square and went for triangle/ arched followed by circle then sqiggle. I do look into the detail and analyse though.
Thanks for a new perspective! LP xx

Lex Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 3:46pm

Hey LillyPet, happy choosing shapes that suit the situation - stay flexible my friend. L'x

LillyPet Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 8:07am

Just letting HO, Tutti fruity and Ratg know that Ive posted late relies to their comments on the stop look and listen blog! Had to dash out to a Bournemouth Uni open day with daughter! So was fine, but thanks so much for comments. Hugs to all, LPxx

Tutti Frutti Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 8:20am

Thanks glad all is OK and hope the open day went well.x

Tutti Frutti Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 8:49am

Lex I liked the blog and I haven't seen this shapes stuff before. My preference was decidedly for the circle followed by the squiggle and avoiding all the sharp corners. And in life I do recognise myself as a people person but I also have a maths degree, a pretty geeky job and an extremely rational husband. But then again I spend most of my spare time on music and reading and I am getting pretty keen on those intricate colouring books (even the ones which are not perfectly symmetrical). So perhaps I am a bit of a round peg in a square hole.

I also remember Playschool and loved the windows although I can't remember which one particularly appealed. This may be because, according to my mother, I was more focused on nicking my older sister's biscuit while she was absorbed in playschool (and my mother was amused enough to just leave us to it!) The biscuit was probably round and I have certainly ended up rounder than my sister.

Love and hugs TF

Lex Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 3:47pm

Hi Tutti Frutti - there are so many gems in your response - thank you for sharing. I have grinned in reading them today! L'x

Mary Wednesday Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 12:53pm

I find your post on shapes most apposite coming straight after Alice's Perfect Ten post yesterday. As you know I am a squiggle and a triangle and a circle - and I always liked the arched window too in Playschool! Just to say also I loved your blog on the cats - but didn't read until last night as I have had another hospital stay and more surgery. I am having to fend off the cats from my sore tummy at present!

Lex Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 3:48pm

Dem Cats, dey love de tummy... and their mummy! Time to be cat-shaped-Mary for awhile. Speedy and complete recovery. L'x

Eva Tue, Jun 14th 2016 @ 8:29pm

Oh Mary. I hope you heal well and soon.

Mary Wednesday Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 12:53pm

I find your post on shapes most apposite coming straight after Alice's Perfect Ten post yesterday. As you know I am a squiggle and a triangle and a circle - and I always liked the arched window too in Playschool! Just to say also I loved your blog on the cats - but didn't read until last night as I have had another hospital stay and more surgery. I am having to fend off the cats from my sore tummy at present!

the room above the garage Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 10:21pm

My everything was screaming for circle and when I read its description it made sense. The others make sense too...why I struggle to love triangles! Humpty, Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima (who I could only love 95% as she knew she was favourite over Hamble) and poor, poor Hamble. Always last to be loved just because she had a hard body. Some of us work at that for years! For those too young, or who live away from these shores...I'm revelling in memories of 'Play School'. Lex I am most thankful to reminisce, thank you! Love ratg x.

the room above the garage Mon, Jun 13th 2016 @ 10:21pm

My everything was screaming for circle and when I read its description it made sense. The others make sense too...why I struggle to love triangles! Humpty, Big Ted, Little Ted, Jemima (who I could only love 95% as she knew she was favourite over Hamble) and poor, poor Hamble. Always last to be loved just because she had a hard body. Some of us work at that for years! For those too young, or who live away from these shores...I'm revelling in memories of 'Play School'. Lex I am most thankful to reminisce, thank you! Love ratg x.

Lex Tue, Jun 14th 2016 @ 10:33am

I can feel the joy in your reminisce, dear Ratg... and it brings me joy to read. Love L'x

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