“Without reflection, we go blindly on our way, creating more unintended consequences, and failing to achieve anything useful.” ~ Margaret J. Wheatley
Margaret J. Wheatley helps to remind people to make a conscious effort to reflect and take notice of the path in which they are proceeding on. She warns of how aimless progression often leads to things happening which were not originally planned on. With the addition of reflection an individual can help to minimize wasted energy and unintended consequences. A focused and reflective progression is far more useful than a blind one.
Margaret Wheatley shares a similar view of many of the common philosophers and thinkers. After an injury it is very easy to get lost in regards to your path towards onward progression. Reflection breeds focus and thus the goal becomes clearer and more concise as an individual begins to narrow his/her frame of reference. Following a brain injury there is an overwhelming amount of skills which may be focused on. Therapists can be incredibly helpful to aid an individual in narrowing and focusing on a concise goal. When there is no specific goal to focus on it is extremely easy to be overwhelmed. Margaret Wheatley’s quote served as extremely valuable for me as I attempted to develop a mantra for myself. It is far too easy to become lost in the face of disarray and difficulty. A brain injury survivor must maintain that they can always attempt to improve more. Clinically a survivor may have plateaued, yet functionally a survivor can always see improvements as he/she progresses onward in the years following an injury.
I spoke to a fellow survivor who compared the vast recovery from a brain injury to “soup”. It is easy to compare the range of the recovery to that of a “garbage soup”. There are several different aspects that must be improved upon. Physical, cognitive and emotional recoveries are three distinct portions of rehabilitation. Survivors have to realize that there is no easy aspect to recovery. Every aspect of therapy has its own purpose. It is easy to get lost when there is not a distinct path to follow. A survivor has to tread his/her own path. I would love to hear how you were able to maintain yourself focused on the path at hand.