Perspective

A woman’s mind is cleaner than a man’s: She changes it more often.

Oliver Herford

This is the selection I chose for my daily quote. The first reaction I received from a female coworker was similar to:

dogtilt

Then I got the words to accompany the tilt, “I don’t know if I agree with that.” The second reaction from a female coworker was, “I’m not really that way most times.” The third female coworker’s reaction was an audible reading of the quote followed simply by, “I like it.” Ah, ha! I had someone who was willing to look past the words to explore the possibilities behind it.

Upon first read, it would be easy to infer that it’s a derogatory quote against women and their ability to make a choice and stick with it. But what if it’s not? What if it’s actually a compliment? What if the intent behind the quote is really saying that women are more open to change? Rather than making a decision and obstinately sticking with it, they are less rigid and more receptive to new information in the decision making process. More importantly, they aren’t afraid to admit their first choice is no longer valid. It’s all in your perspective.

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