Wk-2 Reading- Self-Manipulation
At first glance, you may have misread the title and thought to yourself, “Okay, this one I have to read-mutilation-what is this woman thinking?” Although I do not have mutilation in the title, it still will fit perfectly into my connections and insights into this week’s reading assignment. I don’t see mutilation within the message, but the ideas of how we move and progress and step away from challenges and stay within negative moments can definitely represent a figurative mutilation, but that isn’t the message to remember from within the first four chapters of The Art of Possibility by Zander. The message is to manipulate your moments, your events into something that can be beneficial.
I know, I know. It sounds like one of those self-help books that become as addicting as cocaine, but this one is different. I will admit that initially I was not pleased at being ‘forced’ to read The Art of Possibility by Zander and Zander in grad school, but after reading the first four chapters, I no longer see this assignment as a glass half-empty. Instead, I get the message-life is a half-full scenario. While reading chapter 1 about practices, I related. I have three older brothers and two younger brothers. Most of my brothers tended to practice belief that mirror the shoe salesman that claimed that there was no need to invest in Africa because no one wore shoes. They saw our lives as a hindrance-as unfair. They practiced the pity me story line; consequently, they didn’t graduate high school. They wrote their story line, and within their minds, they invented what their lives would become-a continuation of our family’s history. Initially, I practiced the same ideals, until someone showed me life and choices were up to me. The moments and events of my life are what I invent, what I choose. My life and the lives of students that I encounter on a daily basis is one concept that (although hindered by the modes of measurement) is essentially a “universe of possibilities (Zander).”
I wonder if my brothers and family would have struggled as much as they have if someone had just given them the ‘A,’ and chipped away at the measurements that encompassed them (us). If one person had provided them with this new invention by shifting their perceptions, I believe that drugs, alcohol, and failure would have not been so prevalent. I was provided this shift in thinking because Theresa Smith gave me an A-for me; she gifted me the art of awareness and adventure. By inspiring me to see this new world and show me that I can invent my own future, she taught me the value of contribution.