Yesterday, 31 Days of Personhood: Day 28: Integrity and Character, we talked about checking in with our conscience to be sure that all that we do and say in in-character. That we remain or become integrated people. Knowing who we are and what we are about at all times.
“You can never solve a problem on the same level
as the problem.”
In order to get to places we want to be, and probably have never been before, we have to do things and think differently than we have before.
I am certain that he was speaking on a much grander scale, but Einstein is quoted as having said that the definition of insanity is doing the same things over and over, and expecting different results.
Our view of ourselves and of the world around us has to change before we can look with fresh eyes., and then choose to do something different.
One of the functions we had at church when I was a child was memorizing and reciting poems for special occasions. My mother would invariable choose the longest and most complicated poems she could find, or the longest scripture passages ever heard. 🙂 Once I did the whole catechism from memory while one of my more fortunate cousins read the answers to me. And, no, I wasn’t raised Catholic.
I speak publically, but have always had trouble with memorizing. I discovered as a child, and re-discovered as an adult, that I am a kinesthetic learner. I struggle to memorize if I chain myself to a desk, and just keep repeating the process over and over. I have to move around, talk out loud, gesture with my hands and voice, and feel things that I need to memorize. All of this movements and inflections and associations come together when delivering the piece. But, all of these ticks and nuances do not go into the delivery.
What do I want you to do?
1. Find a short poem or piece that you would like to memorize. Perhaps it is a pithy piece of prose you would like to add to your repertoire. Maybe those affirmations you wrote out a few days ago.
2. Figure out how you work best, what kind of learner you are. Is it writing stuff out several times? Recording it and playing it back? Saying it many, many times? Or, more like mine, adding movement and feeling?
3. Once you know what kind of learning works best for you, you can build on this knowledge to conquer almost any skill you put your will to.
Learn to do what works best for you and stop banging your head against the proverbial wall doing it the same way everyone else does.