Portraying Life In Seven Simple Steps
“Life can be compared to a banana. If your not careful where you put your peel, you might slip on your own mistake”
Whenever one reflects upon life keeping things simple can be useful, hopefully clarifying what appears as a complex of intermingling structures without taking it all too seriously. Asking fundamental philosophical questions about Existence, Be-ness, Predetermination, Chaos, and Infinity all of which are universal and interrelated helps, while having expectations before knowing what to anticipate is at best risky since answers vary upon unknown circumstances in constant change making an educated guess the most effective way to deal with uncertainty.
Interpreting life successfully is not necessarily a function of intelligence, first noticeable as developmental milestones that children reach earlier then others in their same age group. Walking and talking in complete sentences at six months would certainly suggest a mastery of cognitive skills drawing the attention of parents and developmental psychologists, but even a genius with a high IQ can overlook enough elements in the landscape to lead to failure.
The best education can do is help a student discover the most effective way they can access and process information for themselves, instilling the ability to prioritize reasonable goals and boundaries, access risk, evaluate choice, promote anger management and inspire creativity. Not everyone learns in the same way and life tends to be exclusively defined, uniquely conditional and often unfair. Parents bear ultimate responsibility for how their children turn out, and if things don’t go right with their kids, nothing a parent does in life will ever feel right no matter how successful they appear.
Competition does not have to be a necessary part of success since life provides sufficient obstacles to refine skills and sustain the tension needed for a creative struggle often illustrated by the artist. Only the ability for adaptation and change defined by flexibility is essential to survival. Acknowledging this can help any individual excel in whatever way is best for them to learn, whether its visual, auditory, or by some extra sensibility not commonly appreciated or understood by others, especially those with autism, dyslexia and attention deficit disorder, who often struggle to keep up until they find their own way to integrate their talents.
Individuals who are successful at whatever they do may not feel as fortunate as others may think, often lacking self confidence believing rather that they have only succeeded in somehow fooling everyone into thinking they know what they are doing, concerned that at some point someone will see through their act and expose them as far less capable then they are projecting, a tireless expenditure of energy that eventually becomes more burdensome and a major source for depression.
What is thought to be true one moment can vary so quickly that reality can present quite differently from what was first seen. Shifts in facts only indicates the transitory nature of everything that one may initially think of as reliable. This is where pliability in thinking is most important. Developing some basic formula’s that define the relationship of “Things” can supply some stability, and at least give an appearance of a scientific approach while patterns identified between every day life and the cosmic can shed insight if noticed, by revealing order in the universe and expressing a progression that focus’s attention on evolution which needs no explanation.
One such symbol is the spiral. Many compelling examples include the way the force of nature flows such as a hurricane, tornado, the structure of DNA and the expression of psychological change and growth from the resistance of obstacles originating from the unexpected. Often, dealing with events feels repetitive, returning to what appears as the same point on the circle, when the arc actually leads to another level of the spiral which can appear, depending on perspective, as the same point of the level below.