Many decades ago a friend of mine asked to watch me tie my shoes.Â As I tied my shoes I watched her watching my fingers and laces so intently.Â The moment I finished she was all smiles and excitement, promptly asking me if I would teach her son to tie his shoes.
Apparently she had been very patient, showing him again and again.Â Frustrated that he couldnâ€™t succeed, he threw his shoes in the trash, refusing to wear them.
She answered my wonder with, â€œHeâ€™s left-handed, Iâ€™m right-handed and I only know one way to tie shoes.Â You tie them backwards!Â He can learn from you!â€
I showed him and then had him follow along.Â He got it quickly.Â He tied his other shoe by himself without hesitation.Â â€œMom, I can tie my shoes!â€ and he bounced out the door to play.
My friend was in the midst of tearful joy and relief.Â That which had been so difficult and frustrating was changed in a momentâ€¦with good information, presented differently.
Each of our brains is wired a bit differently because each of us is a bit different.Â Rather than do withoutâ€¦if the information seems important to you or doesnâ€™t make sense to you, seek out the same information presented differently.Â The view of the information that works best for you does exist.
Is there really any â€˜backwardsâ€™?Â There is helpful to you and there is unhelpful to youâ€¦and a whole range in between.Â If you want different results in your life, perhaps good information presented differently can make all the difference.Â Shift your focus.Â Seek it out.Â Explore.Â Itâ€™s your life, your health, your struggle, your happiness, and your moments.
Â© 2015 Mary Bartnik