Some of those “aha” moments are pretty strange. They say that insanity is “doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” I must be insane. It seems my thinking gets lodged in a crevice. It gets encouraged by my emotions and there it sits.
Until… BOOM! Hello paradigm shift!
This phrase was coined by Thomas Kuhn. He was an American physicist and philosopher… that’s interesting as a stand alone. Anyway, it’s a deep and fundamental change in the way you view or understand something.
Maybe it’s God saying “enough already”. Maybe it’s a self-preservation measure initiated by our subconscious. When I think of some of the major paradigm shifts I’ve experienced in my life, I can’t really pinpoint the catalyst. I guess that’s not the point, but it sure would be nice to conjure one up when you feel in need of one.
I’ve had several paradigm shifts that have forced me to take my life, or my thinking about my life, down a new path. It’s always turned out right, although it usually involves some “going through” stuff. It also feels like working without a net, which can be scary and exhilarating all at the same time.
I love this illustration by Mary Engelbreit. Pay no attention to the date, and that I’ve kept this in my memory for about thirty years. The image is very instructive, and cuts right to the heart of things.
Sometimes we make a choice to walk through a door. You may feel uncertain or scared of the door you’ve chosen. When you try to go back through it, you find that it’s locked. One Choice… Keep it Moving!