Balancing Perspectives

Viewpoints – Perspectives – Heightened Sensing …

Expanding your human awareness capabilities? Or, human potential mumbo-jumbo?

Balanced viewpoints; heightened seeing and hearing … Compassion for all … ideas and thought-forms offered up in the multitudes, in various forms and in many places for personal learning and for information gathering. We may form an opinion based on our logical-cognitive understanding of what the concepts and the complexities mean, and weave them into our stories of experience for social coherence. For some to find meaning of life; for others to find their place in this glorious world.

One may carry strong feelings of viewpoint; and yet as you read the two poems below your inner processes within your good self will take you on various journeys of meaning. This experience is a microcosm of how we journey our outworld world of observation, perception building and balance of wisdom. Of course, one can completely ignore the opportunity for transformation and balancing perspectives.

So, the exciting available moment of this reading offers you the opportunity for self-awareness expansion, broadening capabilities, with choice for discerning clarity and for consciously awaking the empathy of living.

Listening through one’s inner story and self responsibility can be one of the most rewarding and transformative experiences if you allow yourself the freedom to explore; freedom to be at peace with awakenings of misconception (the shifting of paradigms), moving beyond perceived inner failings and enjoying the metamorphosis of new awareness and liberation from inner bonds of emotional and spiritual limitation.

The poem ‘who do you see?’ (When caring for me) was written in the 60’s by Phyllis McCormack, a nurse caring for ladies with Dementia.  She worked at Sunnyside Royal Hospital, Hillside, Montrose, Scotland.

Whilst reading the below poems one has a feeling of disruption, a shifting  of vantage points with another part of ourselves that has already begun to connect with future compassionate possibilities that are emerging from the inward experience of rising empathy for what may be an old way of thinking and sensing into an emerging new way of being with awareness and in consideration of others who may be in our midst. A kind of awakening occurs through this disruption while feeling through the story.

First nations around the globe have always known the power of the inner metamorphosis through story.

What Do You See…

The following poem is well referenced in the blog: “Look Closer Nurse – A poem for the care sector” – H1 Healthcare AU; 5 August 2016, by David Rennie. (

” It may not be a new piece of commentary but in a time of an ageing population and constant media outcries bemoaning the “chronic” staffing shortages within care Phyllis McCormack’s 1966 “Crabbit Old Woman” is as relevant now as it was at the point of publication 50 years ago.
Commonly known within the health and social care circles, care homes specifically, the poem enjoys its own place in urban legend.  Written from the perspective of an elderly care home resident it is widely believed that the poem was written by a care home resident and unearthed by a staff member after her death.

The poem was in fact penned by a nurse working in a psychiatric hospital for submission into their internal newsletter. Originally titled “Crabbit Old Woman” this piece has also been called “Look Closer”, “Look Closer Nurse”, “Open Your Eyes” or “What Do You See?”
The poem is a favourite of our Founder and Chief Executive, Pam Easen, who encourages all H1 Healthcare staff (both office-based, and client facing) to consider how we can maintain the dignity of our service users, and approach every interaction with compassion.”  Posted on 5 August 2016 by David Rennie

“Crabbit Old Woman”

What do you see nurse, what do you see?
Are you thinking when you’re looking at me?

A crabbbit old woman, not very wise
Uncertain of habit, with faraway eyes
Who dribbles her food and makes no reply
When you say in a loud voice, “I do wish you’d try.”

Who seems not to notice the things that you do
And forever is losing a stocking or shoe
Who, resisting or not, lets you do as you will
With bathing and feeding, the long day to fill

Is that what you’re thinking, is that what you see
Then open your eyes nurse, for you’re looking at ME.

I’ll tell you who I am as I sit here so still
As I use at you biddings, as I eat at your will
I am a small child of ten with a father and mother
Brothers and sisters who love one another

A young girl of sixteen, with wings on her feet
Dreaming of soon her lover she’ll meet
A bride soon at twenty my heart gives a leap
Remembering the vows that I promised to keep

At twenty five now I have young of my own
A woman of thirty, my young growing fast
Bound to each other with ties that will last
At forty my young sons will now grow and be gone

At fifty, once more babies play around my knee
Again we know children my loved one and me.

Dark days are upon me, my husband is dead
I look to the future, I shudder with dread
For my young are all busy, rearing young of their own
And I think of the years, and the love I have known

I’m now an old woman and nature is cruel
Tis her jest to make old age look like a feel.
The body, it crumbles, grace and vigour depart
There is now a stone where I once had a heart

But inside this old carcass a young girl still dwells
And now and again my battered heart swells.
I remember the joys, I remember the pain
And I’m loving and living life all over again

I think of the years all too few – gone, so fast
And accept the stark fact that nothing can last
So, open your eyes nurse, open and see
Not a crabbit old woman, look closer, see ME!

Phyllis McCormack
Registered Nurse, 1966


Connectedness; Sharing Perspectives and Global Coherence

… It all Matters

Our inward journey can make profound shifts to balancing our perspectives if we allow ourselves to remain in openness to other possibilities, instead of rigidity of fixed viewpoints.

Otto Scharmer: “This picture here is expressing this feeling of disruption, by placing us on two sides of the chasm. On the one side is our current self and current reality, and on the other side is the other part of ourselves that already today begins to connect with future possibilities that maybe we can bring into reality in our journey forward.” (included with private permission)

Image ‘Crossing the Threshold’: Copyright Kelvy Bird Presencing Institute 10 August 2016


A Nurse’s reply

(original author unknown)

What do we see, you ask, what do we see?
Yes, we are thinking when looking at thee!

We may seem to be hard when we hurry and fuss,
But there’s many of you, and too few of us.

We would like far more time to sit by you and talk,
To bath you and feed you and help you to walk.
To hear of your lives and the things you have done
Your childhood, your husband, your daughter, your son.

But time is against us, there’s just too much;
Patients too many, and nurses too few.
 We grieve when we see you so sad and alone,
With nobody near you, no friends of your own.

We feel all your pain, and know of your fear
That nobody cares now your end is so near.
But nurses are people with feelings as well,
And when we’re together you’ll often hear tell

Of the dearest old Gran in the very end bed,
And the lovely old Dad, and the things that he said,
We speak with compassion and love, and feel sad
When we think of your lives and the joy that you’ve had,

When the time has arrived for you to depart,
You leave us behind with an ache in our heart.
When you sleep the long sleep, no more worry or care,
There are other old people, and we must be there.

So please understand if we hurry and fuss;
There are many of you,
And so few of us.


“We find ourselves in the midst of the most massive shift of perspective humankind has ever known. A new set of values: holistic, syncretic, relationship- and process-oriented, organic, and spiritual is rising within us and around us.  These are values native to women and women’s ways of knowing. Though the forces of entropy and fear seek to contain or regress us.  We know there is no going back especially given the massive challenges that face us all today.” Dr. Jean Houston – Rising Women Rising World


Order and Perspective…

“Coherence implies order, structure, harmony – and alignment within and amongst systems – whether in atoms, organisms, social groups, planets or galaxies,” McCraty and Childre explain in their article, which appeared in Alternative Therapies’ July/August issue. “This harmonious order signifies a coherent system whose efficient or optimal function is directly related to the ease and flow in life processes. By contrast, an erratic, discordant pattern of activity denotes an incoherent system whose function reflects stress and inefficient utilization of energy in life processes.”   HeartMath Institute – global interconnectedness


And finally; A Story of Listening Through Imagery

“What does the customer really want?”

Perspectives – listening in design

Our Natural Gifts Team