As the entire world grapples with extraordinary disruption, every individual is on their own volatile and uncertain change journey right now.. While it is totally natural to feel anxiety and concern, there is also opportunity in every crisis. “Never let a good crisis go to waste!” (anon) How can you use this time to step back and reflect on where you are going? Can you use the time to plan for the future? What can you learn about yourself from your own reactions to the situation? Can I get myself more grounded? More organised? Can I develop myself and learn new skills that I have been putting off because I never have the time? How can I thrive in this new reality rather than get mad with it or scared by it?
When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves. ~ Viktor E. Frankl
All learning happens at ‘the edge’. Going to the edge, and looking beyond, creates uncertainty. After all, when nothing is changing and your world is predictable, what is the need to change, or learn anything new? Sometimes changes are forced on us, sometimes they are sought. Either way, they induce learning and growth.
This appears to be at the very heart of our existence as a species. Skulls found in the Great Rift Valley of East Africa, the cradle of humanity, point to increases in skull capacity, and by definition brain size, at specific points in the earth’s history that correspond to periods of dramatic environmental change.
Professor Brian Cox’s recent BBC programme, Apeman to Spaceman, explains that the earth…
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