No I’m not looking. I’m seeing.
Standing in a street in the lunch-hour, people rushing by to do whatever we do, frowning at me.
They are missing a piece of information.
I am standing there – and I am really seeing something. They think I am in the way and just staring at the side of a building.
I suspect they think I am behaving unusually. Or am unusual.
He stands out. “He’s different.”
They can’t see what I can see. It’s amazing. I have a different perspective to them.
The piece of information: I am holding a camera. I’m not looking through it right now but I will be. I might even use it.
Whilst everyone else is looking for lunch, I am looking for my next shot. Not so unusual.
Ah – he’s a photographer. Ah that’s why he’s staring at the building.
My challenge to you: next time you are about to jump to a conclusion about a colleague or their behaviour, ask yourself which piece of information you might be missing.