Jan 6, 2017

Lessons Learned Part 1

We learn and adapt our behavior in the small things we do and notice every day. This is my selfish account of what I learned and where the kernels of adaptation come from in my life. 

Notice the Helpers
There's an automatic door opener button in the ladies' room at National Cancer Institute. On the morning of January 3, I watched a woman just ahead of me in the bathroom wash her hands and then elbow that button to exit the bathroom germ-free. A revelation. I hadn't noticed it before. Wish I had because my hand was super broken in the fall of 2016 and it was HARD for me to get out of that bathroom. Still, I will gladly use this helper from now on.

Figure Out How to Unlock New Skills and Understanding
I climbed right inside a metaphor when I installed a smart lock, requiring me to take apart my dead bolt and understand its inner workings, and then to attach a new mechanical and digital device to it. I found it rewarding to figure out how a lock works and to install a newfangled technology to make it even better. I found it equally rewarding to lean on my brother for help via video chat when all that figuring by myself didn't quite work.

Prep Makes the Changes Possible
I have thought to myself, "You should just get up and exercise in the morning," but every morning seems to come and go and I haven't done it. This week I did because I spent time in the evening to pack my bag. It's not the exercising that stops me but the carrying of the shower supplies. I don't know if it will become a habit but now I know it's a doable possibility.

Always Push Yourself to Seek Alternative Solutions
After seeing Hidden Figures and watching the Medium business model pivot this week, I am reminded to "look beyond" "remember your mission" and mostly to be brave enough to try to collaboratively pave a better way that hasn't been tried yet.

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