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Zurich Connection


Elisabeth Kuehn


This way, that way, right side up, upside down, inverted, backward, forward. It’s all a matter of which view you take. Which view do you want to take? Is it instinctual or learned? Do you choose the view, does it come naturally or is it imposed on you with or without your consent? Interesting one to figure out and define.

To me, a number of factors come into play. Are you lost? I will clarify. To use a cute example, a few weeks ago, a colleague/friend and myself made our way to a concert venue in downtown Zürich. It had been quite a rough day extended by the hunger factor. As in, food had not been eaten much all day because of much rushing around. Isn’t that always the case? But I digress.

We worked our magic to get into a sold-out show of a certain Columbian superstar singer/guitarist: Juanes. With much Schwung and Chutzpah, we ended up backstage, chillin’ with the band. Anyone who knows me knows that I am by no means a ‘groupie’. We however did end up finding Juanes and having quite a nice conversation with him. Speaking to another musician, he wanted my honest opinion about the show. One point that struck us was the fact that despite being in the middle of enjoying his sushi dinner, he stopped and acknowledged an honest conversation; a genuine moment. Was this a fan’s moment? Not quite.

What is the difference in perspective that I mention earlier? Well, consider this. Before writing this piece, this story was sent out to many a friend and colleague. Not for opinion but simply to share an entertaining moment. Consider that our actions were not the easiest feat. However, the "enjoyment" of this story was ‘rated’ on different levels depending on people responding. What do I mean? Well, certain folk did not think this encounter worthy of a spicy story. I did not categorize those who did not enjoy the ‘lack’ (?) of spice, as pointing fingers does make it too typical. I will simply admit that I sat back and laughed at the responses that came back to me.

Which makes me wonder by what are we influenced or why we take a certain perspective on an issue. Pushing the limits or accepting of what is there already? To me, a bit of both is necessary, but that’s just my perspective. What is yours? Do not consider changing it simply to be different. Going with what is naturally there is always a good starting point. If it’s not what you originally thought it would be, well, I guess you’ve then discovered an honest perspective.


...und Frohe Ostern!




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