Fight the amnesia and breathe
Week 48 in the Great Wake Up journey
Reading this week’s challenge put a smile on my face as well as on my arm.
To stave off autopilot we were asked to either swap wrists when wearing a watch or to draw a smiley face on our wrist. Then every time we notice our watch/smiley face we would stop, take a deep breath and ask ourselves if we were doing what we wanted to do or surfing the amnesia wave that is autopilot. I thought it was great challenge and for the first time on the ‘wake up’ journey I decided to share the challenge with some of the kitchen staff and give it a twist.
I don’t wear watches because they don’t make me feel comfortable so a smiley face was drawn on my wrist. Four other members of staff followed suit. I explained my challenge but seeing as we had all in one way or another found things to complain about on the previous night’s shift I changed the reason for the smiley face. I explained if we found ourselves getting ratty we should stop what we’re doing, take a deep breath and all hold our arms out showing our smiley faces and all laugh at the absurdity of it all.
The shift went well and there wasn’t really a moment when any of us got ratty so we never did do the challenge properly but in truth it didn’t matter because the seed was sown and from small acorns… well you know the rest. For me it was a success.
Furthermore, without trying to sound smug, I’m no longer living on autopilot thanks to the journey and the lessons learned from it and although I know autopilot is that little creep that sneaks up on you when you least expect it, he is under control and I am aware of the crafty swine and the tactics he uses.
The challenge showed me that something to aid as a reminder that autopilot is always a threat would be a good thing. Most people wouldn’t consider it but what about something like a tattoo on the arm with a quote on it. Maybe Bruce Lee’s; “There is no help but self help”. If a tattoo is too drastic what about having a photograph in view of that moment in your life when there was dramatic change or when a pinnacle of happiness or achievement was reached. Just thoughts.
I really enjoyed this challenge and with a little imagination I think it is a great tool to ebb the low of autopilot.