© 2009 Lynsey

059 – Crisis

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy, or unfulfilled. For it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers. — M. Scott Peck

Walking back to meet Marica at the end of the working day I spotted this twister touching down on the Fowler Centre. ‘What a disaster’, I thought to myself, ‘and a twister as well!’ Of course it’s not a real twister, it’s just a vapour trail confused by the icy southerly wind, but it does look like one of those crisis-in-the-making moments.

It seems many people need a bit of a crisis to act – to effect some sort of change in their lives. It’s like it gives them permission to step up and make a difference. “This was their finest hour!”, Churchill said. I understand this, but I really think it’s a waste of time. Why wait? Most of us could probably do with a little more exercise and few less empty calories in our lives – but we’ll hang on until a (hopefully minor) health crisis sparks us into action. Otherwise it’s business as usual. Or same-old, same-old if you prefer.

In the contemporary music scene the bands/performers who’ve been around for the longest and who’re still performing have reinvented themselves along the way. Charles Handy described this reinvention process as a sigmoid curve – in summary this is when a person or group who are doing well deliberately ‘break’ what they’ve doing and go along a new path, finessing what they know to recreate a new entity/identity. Madonna, David Bowie, and Michael Jackson are great examples of performers who’ve done this throughout their careers. Fashion designers try to come up with something new for every season.

You could attend a new course or workshop, try something new, or just reflect on where to from here, and then pursue the some of the ideas that present themselves. Explore, explore, explore. Become a new you. Then explore, explore, explore again.

Manifesto
01. Every day is a fresh new day.
17. Every day look through a new lens.
26. Every day take action. Every small step counts.

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