There are times in life when someone reveals a new, unique perspective about a situation and you never look at it the same again. It’s as if there was a hidden layer just below the surface that you never knew about because you didn’t see it until someone showed it to you. It reminds me of how polarized glasses allow you to see things under the surface of water more clearly.
What if I were to share something with you that’ll forever change the way you view the greatest underdog story in human history? If you’re ready for it, read on.
David and Goliath
That term, “David and Goliath” is used to describe any situation where there’s a huge, powerful opponent standing in the way of a small, scrawny, would-be hero. I’m certain you’re familiar with the story, so I won’t recount it here. Suffice it to say, Goliath was a gigantic warrior who struck so much fear in the Israelite army, that for 40 days they stood helpless, unwilling to face him in battle.
I viewed that scene the same way from the time I first heard it as a child until I was nearly 40 years old. What changed it and how?
It’s Not How You Thought
Watching documentaries, science channels on YouTube, and Ted Talks is probably my hobby. One morning while enjoying breakfast, I queued up the following Ted Talk by Malcolm Gladwell and had my version of David and Goliath shattered to pieces.
After watching this amazing talk I no longer viewed Goliath the same. If anything I felt sorry for him, because he didn’t stand a chance against David. It’s funny to think if somewhere along the lines this story got turned around, and if it did, by whom?
This makes me wonder… where in our lives are we facing a Goliath that’s being viewed from the wrong perspective? Where are we allowing something to taunt us when the reality is we’re the ones in the position of advantage, not the other way around? Who is whispering lies that make us the underdog in our own stories? Who’s going provide you with a new, unique perspective about your situation where you’ll never look at it the same again?