And the Summer is gone. I know… I know… and that’s ok. I am the first one to say it out loud. Everyone is thinking it but nobody dares to say it. If we stay quiet, Summer might actually come back. It will, but next year. In the meantime let’s get busy and let’s prepare for what’s ahead of us.
Cold mornings and chilly evenings. I still feel like going for a nice walk at the end of each day. The only difference is in the number of layers I need to wear to enjoy the seaside at 7 degrees. Looks like it is time to give my Winter wardrobe some attention. The sooner the better. Scarves, cardigans, jackets, gloves, boots and coats. Some of them I have had since last year, some for years. Why? Because I’m used to them, they fit well… or so I tell myself.
So I try on one of my favourite jackets. It fits the way it did for the past 3 years. It looks ok when I see myself in the mirror. I stand there and stare. I could possibly wear it again this season… one more season maybe. Or maybe not! I suddenly realise that an ok fit is no longer enough. What happened? – I ask myself. I actually don’t like this jacket, it’s not current, not modern, and it’s out of date.
What was I thinking? Exactly! Us humans and our thinking! Doesn’t it get “out of date” as well? We can try to make it fit into the situation we are in but it won’t work. Can old solutions or what we learnt 10 years ago be still applicable today? They say “think on your feet”, “stay current”. Can you do that?
I value education a lot. But the changes that have happened in our lives, as surprising as they were for many, cannot be denied. Our environment is transformed therefore will outdated information and approach serve us well? Why take a gamble?
Like this old winter jacket. It maybe still fits me but will not make me fit into the world. The fashion changed, just like the environment we live in. Therefore our thinking has to change.
This month we encourage you to wise up, get up and sign up for learning. What learning have you got to catch up on? What skills will you refresh? What will you do this Autumn to keep your thinking, knowledge and awareness current and up-to-date? What new courses can you attend to gain new skills and fit better into you current environment?
I don’t know about you but I have to hurry up and learn what jackets are in fashion this season…
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