What we need are more people who specialize in the impossible. — Theodore Roethke
LIVING IN THE ZONE
In life there are three zones in which learnings occur. Zone One is what you know you know. An example: You know how to drive and you know you know it. Then there’s Zone Two, what you know you don’t know. An example: You don’t know the quadratic equation, and you know you don’t know it. However, the key learnings of life usually occur in Zone Three, what you don’t know you don’t know. An example: Early in my marriage I received feedback that I was emotionally distant. At first I became defensive and denied it. Then I justified it for a while, thinking my wife and others gave me that feedback because they were dependent and clingy. They only thought I was distant because they were envious of my self-reliance! Finally, I had a Zone Three learning that changed my life: I realized that I didn’t allow myself to get close to other people because I was afraid that if I did, they would abandon me. If I could keep them a little distant, it wouldn’t hurt as much if they left me. My early history had an abandonment element to it, which is likely where I picked up this program. The point is, I hadn’t known why I was distant, and I hadn’t known that I didn’t know it.
A CONSCIOUS LIVING PRACTICE FOR TODAY – JANUARY 19
Open the power of Zone Three with a conscious commitment. Say out loud, “Today I take a stand of openness to learning whatever I most need to learn. I let go of my expectations that life show up a certain way for me—I take it as it comes, and learn from it as much as I can.”
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