The other day I was driving down the road and quoted Forest Gump “Stupid is as stupid does”. We make choices all the time. The consequences of these choices fill the continuum of smart to not so smart choices. Albert Einstein defined insanity as “doing the same thing again and again expecting different results”. This quote is a gem because it encourages us to experiment, make slight variations in our actions and then evaluate the outcome. In 8th grade I remember learning the basic problem solving steps:
I would like to focus on the experience. At its roots experiential education is participating in an event and then learning from said event. How well did it go? Would I do that again? Would I act the same way? Would I say the same thing? Some of us do this type of reflecting anyway and sometimes that is rooted in fear, worry, or just curiosity.
Moving forward with the answer to any of those processing questions is the key to conquering that fear and worry. Taking the valuable information from reflection and doing something with it, making the change. So, the next time you have a similar experience you can reflect fondly on the situation. Life events are usually not as neatly controlled as a lab experiment or cooking a recipe. At least with cooking you can usually figure out what or how to change.
With a little practice, we can feel a sense of living in and appreciating the moment. I would like to light a fire under you to start the very simple process of living from an experiential education point of view motivated by the question –
How can I challenge myself to improve and grow?
Truth be told – the only thing on this earth that we can control is ourselves – what we say, do, feel, think, even our emotions. We can’t control anything else. It’s possible to have an impact on others - I guess we should call that leadership. The leadership we provide for others should make them feel like they did it themselves.
If you determine that you would like a change or that you want a new solution or that you need a nudge –
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A natural leader with a passion for connection and insight