Stop thinking

September 25th, 2009

iStock_Rope TangleOver the past fortnight I’ve had a particularly tricky problem on my mind – nothing too serious, just messy and complicated and a bit demoralising. The more I thought about it the less able I felt. I started to question my own capacity to think and make sense, yet alone identify options.

So I let it go. I stopped thinking about the issue for a whole week. Consciously, anyway. I read books. I blogged. I watched mindless television and exciting football games (that’d be Aussie Rules Football of course!) I walked on the beach and in the forest. I balanced rocks. I had weird dreams – none of which I can remember. I weeded the vegie garden. I trained some people in facilitation. I listened to music. I slept in. I met friends for coffee, and others for dinner.

And then I returned to the problem. And click, click, click. The synapses fired. Options were all around. Ideas exploding. Enthusiasm reignited. I just had to let it go and be patient. Easy to say. Hard to do. Worth remembering.

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2 Comments so far

  1. Johnnie Moore on September 25, 2009 11:41 pm

    Hi Viv, I’m laughing because I can relate to your experience very closely. I think the unravelling of my issue has further to go but I think these things are a cosmic joke played upon Open Space facilitators.

    The universe hears our championing of self-organising systems, trusting in process, sitting with uncertainty, watching for emergence instead of “driving results”. And it says, hmm, let’s see if Viv/Johnnie/Whoever REALLY believe this stuff they preach!

  2. Viv McWaters on September 26, 2009 11:19 am

    Damn universe!!!! lol

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