If I were asked to talk about my childhood, I could either go off on whatever tangent I liked talking from ‘sense to nonsense’ – according to my husband – or I could ask the person to define the scope to enable me give a response that’s relevant to the audience. Scope definition is quite important. It helps you narrow down to what’s important, creating a framework within which you’ll conduct your research, do your analysis and draw your conclusions.
Today I had cause to ponder another dimension to scope definition; this time, with regard to failure. It’s quite interesting and equally profound. Take a look at this news flash: ‘Student A, B and C had fantastic results, each scoring above 70% in Literature in English but Student D failed woefully, scoring only 30%’. What do you think about Student D?
Now let’s expand the scope a bit for Student D: ‘Student D scored 30% in Literature in English, however, he had straight A’s in the rest of his subjects and with his excellent performance in the other tests, and he’s qualified to study Mechanical Engineering. This was his goal and he’s achieved it!’ Now what do you think about Student D?
As a friend of mine often says – ‘how are you seeing this life?’ I see how easy it is for us to work with a scope that is too narrow, and every now and then we find ourselves considering things in isolation and arriving at conclusions that leave us worried, fearful, anxious and depressed. Then people begin to say things like ‘life is not fair, nothing good is happening in my life, there’s nothing to live for…’ How about expanding that scope?
Let’s look again; we’re alive… and we can start from here to build a catalogue of all the good, the blessings, and the successes in our lives. Don’t limit your scope to the things that are not going well in your life. Expand your scope to the grace, peace, love, provision, and everything good that you experience and enjoy. We truly have more than enough reason to be thankful and we must never forget that as long as there is life, there is HOPE.