Mid-October 2016 Newsletter
Hello, and a magical Mid-October to you!
Welcome, or welcome back, to my newsletter. The photo above shows me
enjoying the music at the start of an energy workshop, already feeling
the excitement of what we'll learn. I hope you're excited about
what you're learning, too.
Today's issue has an article on moving forward without straining
Is struggle the only way to make progress?
Many of us were taught that the harder we work at something,
the more we'll accomplish. "Put your nose to the grindstone!"
we're told, or "Roll up your sleeves and get to work!", or
"You earn your daily wage by the sweat of your brow". While
we can't just lie around all day and expect our responsibilities
to take care of themselves, I do think we've been programmed
to work harder rather than smarter.
I have certainly been guilty of this myself. When I was in
elementary school, in the days before personal computers
and printers, if I made one mistake on my homework I would
carefully re-write the entire page! Yes, I had a bit of a
perfectionism problem, I admit. Yet what would have been
so bad about crossing out the error? And what else might
I have done with that extra time?
Years later, when I taught school myself, an earnest girl
student regularly handed in homework which was as full of
white-out as numbers and letters! She might have been more
efficient than I was (and wasted less paper),
but I could just feel her worry about a possible
mistake. And as you might expect, she had a nervous personality,
and wore thick eyeglasses, a perfect picture of "trying too
Being persistent has its good points, seeing a project
through to completion. We've all heard that quitters
never win. Yet if it seems you're not making progress,
it may be time to change direction. As a computer programmer
I was responsible for working with the developers of
a library system to store our code, which had one problem after
another. After a couple of months of frustration, I finally
abandoned this tool, deeming it unusable for us. Three
separate people told me they were surprised I didn't reach
this decision sooner!
An old friend often asks "Are we having fun yet?". This can
be annoying when I'm focused on getting something done, and he
seems to only care about enjoyment, but I have to admit he has
a good point. If you're working more and enjoying it less, at
a project for yourself or someone else, take a break and
re-evaluate. Maybe the stubborn horse in the image who won't budge
needs to be enticed forward with a carrot, or tickled! There is
often an easier way to do something, if we just look for it.
And don't forget to ask for help, or advice, from those who have
done it before.
It's my belief we were put here to learn and grow and connect with others.
Part of that learning is about how to get things done with a
minimum of time and effort. Then we're free to go on to accomplish
something else, or enjoy a pleasurable activity. One of my personal
goals is to spend most of my time doing things I want
to do, either because I enjoy the doing, or I'm looking forward
to the result. Is there an area of struggle in your life now
which you could transform into a playful game?
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Enjoy the second half of your October.
I'll write again in a few weeks. Take care!