Monday, February 20, 2012
The Magic of a Step Back
Sometimes we are in the middle of a problem, or a situation, and things just aren't working the way they should. It is time to take a step back. This step back may be a breather, a chance to collect our breath, get new energy and be ready to go again. Or it may be a way to get a new perspective on things. It may be that it is time to try something else. In the 1950's the mathematician George Polya published a book that has become a classic, "How To Solve It". It is good advice for life as well as for mathematics. In it he suggests that when a problem seems too hard you step back and solve a similar problem that you can solve. This often teaches you what you need to know to go back to the original difficult problem. Taking a step back not only helps when you are facing difficulties, it also adds to life in another way. If you are busy getting things done you may be failing to 'stop and smell the roses'. From time to time it is essential to step back and appreciate what a fine craftsman you are at life. Or step back and appreciate the people around you. Another way that taking a step back is when you really need to put out a lot of effort on something. Step back, gather your forces, be well prepared and get a good running start. Stepping back is not giving up or running away. Rather it is a way to gather the magic that will help you succeed and have a more magical life. So, I suggest to all wise magicians, at times it is well to step back so that you can better go forward. May the spark be with you.