Patch Adams is one of my most favorite movies. When Adams is a psychiatric patient, he finds that healing people heals himself. After being discharged from the psychiatric hospital, he becomes a medical student and heals patients with humor. This movie is based on a real story.
It is always good to see a thing from different perspectives. As I often mention, I am half designer, half engineer. I can see a product from different perspectives. As I wrote in a previous post, I like teaching, but I was a bad student when I was in Japan. I can see students from a teacher’s perspective and from a bad student’s perspective. But the most difficult thing to see from different perspectives is myself.
As I often write, it is so easy to get discouraged in my current situation. When I see my friend who is discouraged, for whatever reason, I project myself into her/him. This is the moment when I see myself from a different perspective. I tell my friend what I want to be told, and find that encouraging my friends encourages myself.