Remember the last time your child screamed murder when you tidied his/her room?
Our defense of, “How can you study in this mess?” is always met with, “Am fine with it”.
Recollect how they feel so lost and insecure without their mess and you are puzzled as to what you did wrong!
The shortest distance between two points is a straight line and we unknowingly assume that that is the most effective and efficient path. We advocate this way of travel all our lives including the everyday routes that we take. Consider this- direction-wise when going in a particular route is obvious, why does the auto driver go into inner lanes and hidden twists and turns? We know very well that we reached earlier, missed the traffic signals and were actually fuel efficient but we console ourselves with this snobbish attitude of ‘these auto-drivers’! In our hearts, we know we felt that exhilarating rush of anticipation and victory.
Have you ever seen a skier ski in a straight line? You can obviously picture him hurtling down at deathly speed but always in turns and curves to handle wind speeds and the winding nature of the hills. Does the surfer go in a straight line? I have vivid recollections of the biker at those ‘exhibitions’ that would bike at furious speeds in upward circles inside a deep well-like trench (?)
Everywhere that you see amazing performance you always see the spiral path or taking a different path other than the straight line. Ergo-dynamic positioning of seating arrangements started initially in the internet cafés and now used in most office environments for effective lighting, privacy and best use of limited space available.
The top-notch managers have never reached there by taking the straight or the shortest path evident. Challenges have been many and every time you look back, you know that you went through a maze of twists and turns of uncertainty and faced enormous opposition to change before you triumphantly emerged.
Our first journey has been a spiral path. The little toddler’s baby steps are also wobbly and criss-cross, making us fear he would fall. Ultimately societal conditioning makes us take the beaten track rather than the ‘road less travelled’.
Chaos is not always chaotic and a mess. There is always an underlying pattern in ‘the things’ in the chaos that only the discerning would identify. But unfortunately we thwart that ‘magical genius’ before it sees light. Even the typically ‘straight line’ boring math has the phenomenally brilliant Leonardo Fibonacci sequence that is a ‘pattern’ on which the spirals are constructed.
I recall my students enjoying themselves thoroughly and participating much better when we would rearrange the chairs to form different groups during ‘brainstorming’ exercises I would ‘allow’ in class. (many a colleague has looked down at my ‘classes’ or ‘peeped in to check if all is okay’ but I knew they were the best!)
So next time you see your child’s room in a mess, think positively that a genius lies within and do not socially condition him into the path of averageness!
P.S: The idea for this blog was sparked while reading, ‘The case of the Bonsai Manager’ by R.Gopalakrishnan.