A young boy’s self talk was impressive. Every time he prepared to throw the ball in the air, he recited his mantra – “The greatest baseball player in the world.” A light toss of the ball, a hearty swing with the bat, only to miss completely. He repeated this process a few times, each time exclaiming, “The greatest baseball player in the world.” After several attempts at hitting the ball without success he stared down at the ball on the ground. He pondered carefully, bent to the ground and retrieved the ball and looked at in wonder and exclaimed, “The greatest pitcher in the world.”
What have you learnt from experience? Experience is a process of elimination! We quickly discover what isn’t our fit, what isn’t our shape. Just because mum, dad, or brother were good at sewing, drawing, cricket, doesn’t mean we will be! Yet parents, schools, friends, invite us to make the attempt. And that is learning. That is experience. But I hope we are also learning from what came easily, what gave us delight, what we kept going back to and becoming absorbed in. Our positive and negative experiences, our successes and failures, are clues to our SHAPE. From childhood, family, education, work, opportunities, trial and error, we start to determine what our natural gifts, talents, preferences, dispositions, and aptitudes are.