Have you ever experienced a phase of limited capabilities? However strange it may sound, I like such moments. This time I slipped in the mountains and, unable to walk, I was rescued by mountain guards from freezing. Currently I am slowly walking around using crutches and on pain killers.
I try to treat every situation in Life as a learning opportunity. It does not mean I am trying to impose a MEANING on it. My learning means:
STEP 1 AWARENESS: observing myself in new circumstances: how am I adapting to something new? Do I just treat is as „the end of old” and dream about being capable again, or as a new frame that requires creativity (behaving in new ways) from me? What helps me adapt?
STEP 2 EXPERIMENTING AND ANALYSIS: using new ways of being and handling the situation. Making conclusions concerning the old ways – how my old ways look for me now, from a new perspective? How do I now see this person that I was couple of days ago? How could I describe her functioning then, how it appears to me now?
STEP 3 HARVESTING: concluding the learning – what from my new behaviours I’d like to adapt once these circumstances are gone, over? What from my old ways do I want to keep, continue doing, and what maybe requires changing?
So – thanks for that learning opportunity, iced slope!
My most surprising learning up till now is that slowing down does not mean that I don’t deliver; on the contrary – thanks to limited mobility, I quitted multitasking and I deliver more deliberate, thoughtful results within a time frame. I would have never believed that before, trusting that only being “Fast and Furious” could bend the reality around me according to my will…
I wish you many learning opportunities. Remember these 3 STEPS and don’t hesitate to use them whenever you find yourself in a new place, moment, situation. It can be painful but it can be fun, too. And it’s for free – no training required, just a conscious practice.
PS. “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” Albert Einstein