How to adapt and survive : Be mindful

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Right now I am struggling to adjust. A new job means thousand small differences that all must be brought together in a new way. My room-mate told me: the people who manage to survive, are those who are able to adapt. Some of the differences I have to adjust to, is more tasks of a different kind. I also must learn to work with children and the system, instead of long-term therapy with traumatized adults. I must learn to remember more practical information, like when the children got extra help in class and which subjects they like and dislike. I must learn to use different types of questionnaires and tests and focus on school instead of how they suffer psychologically. This also mean that I must put aside time to reflect and rest my head, like I do when I write. Instead of rushing from one task to another, making mistakes along the way as I forget things, I must take a breath and ask myself questions: what did I just learn? How can I remember the phone call I will have to take? How did it feel to feel a bit stupid since I couldn’t answer a question about what a dyslexic child needs?

  
By giving myself time, I am able to enjoy what I’m doing. I can appreciate the newness of it all by realizing that this is a chance to broaden my knowledge-base and understand even more about the complexity of our minds. Learning new things can be so frustrating, but the reward when we finally get where we wished we were from the begin with, is even higher since we had to struggle a bit with it. And the best of all: by being mindful about the process I’m going through, I’m more able to understand how it must be for children with different cognitive disadvantages to learn something new. 

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One thought on “How to adapt and survive : Be mindful

    kencdickson said:
    March 2, 2016 at 21:31

    Whenever I must learn complex new tasks, I take detailed notes. If I expect to use the information at some later date and am concerned that my notes might be difficult to decipher, I transfer those notes in a more organized fashion into a word document and archive it in an easy to find folder path on my computer. Through doing these things, I find that I learn the subject faster, and more often than not, I don’t need to refer to my notes again. However, but doing so, I’ve made those notes available in case I need them to mentor someone else who may end up in the same position down the road, thereby easing their potential suffering. Thanks for sharing your new adventure!

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