The word that is coming front and center to my heart and mind right now in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is, reorienting. This word takes me back a bit to my days of teaching Elementary Physical Education and a fun series of lessons taught when the weather warmed up in the spring here in northwest Washington. The lessons were in Orienteering and I used the school grounds for mapping out the lesson, where kids would try and find their way around from marker to marker on their maps.
Orienteering is the sport of navigation, using a highly detailed map. Whether you’re an experienced hiker, competitive runner, or just a family or group out for an activity in a park, this sport helps you improve your navigation each time.
I really sense we are in a time of "reorientation" in our lives. We've been given new maps and we aren't sure how to read them. The struggles many of us face are because we are in an "FFT". Author, speaker and social scientist Brene Brown is talking about her experience in the coronavirus pandemic. and with what she calls an "FFT's". She says, as only she can say it;
"It’s all about FFTs (effing first times) and how hard it is to be new at things – from small things to global pandemics. When we have no relevant experience or expertise, the vulnerability, uncertainty, and fear of these firsts can be overwhelming. Yet, showing up and pushing ourselves past the awkward, learner stage is how we get braver." You can hear more of her story and explanation on her podcast, very good!
Are you experiencing an FFT, regarding your marriage and family relationships right now? Let's talk about this weekly here on the Monday Morning Marriage blog. Will you join us?
Vic and Monique
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