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Seeing Through Fresh Eyes

Posted on December 12, 2018 by Susan Robinson

As the new year quickly approaches, your thoughts may drift toward new goals you want to accomplish, whether it be for life or work. Maybe it is losing weight or implementing exercise in your routine, both of which are included in many New Year’s resolutions.


This new year, make it your goal to look at your life with fresh eyes. See people you know in a new way as if you have never seen them before. Like when you work on a project or report for a while and it becomes so familiar to you that you need someone who has never seen it to look at it objectively. Try approaching this coming year with fresh eyes. Jon Kabat Zinn wrote some great suggestions about seeing with fresh eyes.

  • Our natural tendency is to focus on the negative, so make an effort to focus on the positive first.
  • Don’t allow your beliefs about what you know get in the way of the moment’s experience.
  • No moment is the same as any other; each contains unique possibilities.
  • The next time you see someone you know, look at this person as he or she really is and not as a reflection of your own thoughts.


If you were handed an Etch-A-Sketch and asked to draw out your life for 2019, how might that look with fresh eyes?



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Susan Robinson is a co-program coordinator for “Thrive," and has been with the program since 2007. She earned a Bachelor and Master’s degrees from Southern Nazarene University and a Doctorate of Education in Health Promotion from Oklahoma State University. Prior to her time with OMES, Susan worked in higher education and taught at Southern Nazarene University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Central Oklahoma and Emporia State University. Susan's hobbies include singing in her church and community choirs, traveling and spending time with her daughter and grand dog, Georgi.