“The fish only knows that it lives in the water, after it is already on the river bank. Without our awareness of another world out there, it would never occur to us to change.” Andrew Eifler blogged on this notion last week in response to my post on Inertia. Thank you, Andrew! And it set me thinking. Inertia, status quo if you like, is linked to comfort and complacency and, yes, fear of change. Yet, sometimes, the need to change is inside not out – in other words, I need to know I’m in water so that I can better appreciate it, use it, and possibly understand why it is that I’m in water – not just to get me out of the water.
At one time, I was a believer in thinking out of sight of the box. Like the fish in our story, I believed that the only way to really effect changed thinking was to get so far from comfort that you would, literally, be gasping for air – to follow the metaphor.
But then I had a moment of truth and realized that sometimes it’s that moment of true awareness of who, what, and where you are that is key. So it’s not about getting out of or away from the box that is the real lever – first it’s knowing what’s in the box and what to do with it.
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And I think that is the key to overcoming our own sense of inertia – however induced – listen:
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
– Nathaniel Branden
Think on it.
Awareness lets us know that we are in water. Accepting that allows us to invent ways to live on land. See where I’m going?