If you can remember when you learned to swim you may also recall a time, before you’d got the hang of it, when you were afraid of sinking (if you have never been able to swim you might want to hold onto the side while you read this). What I learned when I started to swim is that it’s largely a question of trust and developing confidence.
Swimming does not just require a complex and coordinated set of physical skills, it is also about one’s relationship with water. How we interact with the medium that supports us determines whether we sink, or swim. The water and our natural buoyancy are a big part of the equation.
So it is with life. In participating we are interacting with the milieu in which we find ourselves. If we struggle against it all our effort has to go into staying afloat, but if we accept and trust our natural inclination is to rise to the surface, then we can go with the flow. This less of a strain and is usually more enjoyable.
Even those who can’t swim are able to come up for air more easily when they can learn to trust in their natural buoyancy.
August 13th, 2017
Faced with a dilemma? Here’s how to choose.
August 10th, 2017
What is the difference between empathy and sympathy, and why does on bring us together while the other drives us apart?
It takes Dr Brené Brown just over two minute to explain in this video.
August 10th, 2017
The much-published ideas on leadership have come under scrutiny in a new study which distinguishes truly exceptional leadership from run-of-the mill management-speak. The research, by the Work Foundation, identifies three principles of outstanding leadership coupled with nine themes that exceptional leaders adhere to.
It adds some surprising insights with practical applications.