As a kid I seemed to always be in the spot of knowing somethings but not enough. I was the kid who moved to fast and skimmed the surface of things to get to the end. It was oh to hard to slow down and take things step by step.
- Building the skateboard from old skates but not slowing down to measure and align the skate wheels meant for a board that did not balance – I knew enough but not enough to make it work well!
- Taking apart the kitchen wall fan to clean it – I was being so helpful. I got it apart, pieces laid out and cleaned but the re assembling was another thing. I knew enough but not enough to complete my task well.
This pattern began to solve itself as I got older, learned to slow down and complete tasks with care. It settled as I read more, let people be mentors and took time to learn things in small steps.
I moved into a career in teaching and spent years learning, improving and working to complete my task well. I got there I think. We are always learning but there is a point that we say “yeah,I got this thing called teaching” or whatever we are learning.
Now I am back at the not enough stage and I feel the young kid in my wanting to jump ahead before I have measured, before I have read enough and before I have sought a good mentor or teacher.
- I am pulling apart of garden bed but don’t really know how to do the underplanting that is in my head – I know some but not enough.
- I am learning to knit. I know enough to cast on, knit and purl so have begun a baby blanket but I have no idea how to finish this thing off. I know some but not enough.
Life is funny how it circles around and brings us back to where we began. Those steps I needed when I was 5 and 9 and 15 are the same steps I need today in my mid 60’s.
- Slow down and plan
- Read and research
- Seek teachers and mentors
- Be patient with yourself
- Know that it takes time to learn
I expect this is true all through life but I am just feeling it again now as I turn to new tasks or things that had been forgotten and now I am taking time for them again.
Are you learning something new? It is always good to put ourselves into the new learning mode. Frustrating at times but it helps us see our students and how they struggle, push through and achieve new skills.
Happy New Learning this spring!