“The intelligence of an individual may be measured by the speed with which he/she orients to new situations.”
Scott Forrester writes that this quote* from Mabel Todd illustrates the concepts of fitness, dynamic balance, and true flexibility.
This morning I would say I’m getting stronger physically and can stand on one foot longer but that flexibility to new situations is where I’m not very smart. I’ve been taking over the wheel more often in preparation for our road trip to Utah in September. I am feeling more comfortable driving – except when I am not familiar with the roads I’m navigating.
I blame it on my cataracts and the virus damaged optic nerve in left eye that messes with depth perception. While those are undoubtedly factors, I think it is more likely that fear and anxiety are the culprits.
The quote helps me in ways that are difficult to describe. I just have to trust myself and know that I can see well enough to go to new places. Fear and anxiety interfere with intelligence – don’t they?
How do you manage in new situations? Do you avoid them or seek them out? Do you ever feel fear or anxiety? Please let me know if you have ideas about driving in familiar or unfamiliar locations that would ease my mind.
CLUE: Eat a cantaloupe! We got a really sweet flavorful one that restored our faith in them.
*The Aware Athlete, page 243.
Image: This photo of my desk is when I was still using my laptop. If I took a picture today the desk would’t look as neat. Creativity is messy! I am starting revision on Chapter 15!