It is very easy to imagine Brahms hard at work on one of these pieces, his thoughts occasionally flitting to the other, dark inspirations originating from bright beginnings and vice versa.
Sometimes our thinking and approach to problems can be limited by our one sided view of them. We tend to see things as good or bad or right or wrong, rather than allowing our thoughts to cross - fertilise with the opposite interpretation or point of view.
The next time you are addressing a difficult situation or problem, allow your mind to bridge the gap between opposites. Ask yourself:
- What is positive about a negative situation?
- What is negative about of a positive situation?
- What positive consequences could grow out of a negative situation?
- What negative consequences could grow out of a positive situation?
- What is the opposite point of view to your own and what interesting, intriguing and/or useful insights does it provide?
Remember that sometimes opposites, just like salt and pepper or sweet and sour, can complement rather than contradict each other.
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