The Art of Knowing is Knowing What to Ignore
I saw this posted recently by a friend on Facebook, yes Facebook. Again, from Rumi, “The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore.” I appreciate the simplicity of this illustration and how it depicts the lens we each view life, and what we see or do not see.
Real Life Application – The Art of Knowing is Knowing What to Ignore
When I arrived back in The States in 2009 after a year and a half in Asia, I accepted an opportunity to work at a recording studio in Edison, NJ. After about six months, the owner decided he wanted to return to a staff just one; himself. At the time, I immediately felt a sense of fear and urgency to find a solution.
I was speaking with a friend and she became very anxious about my situation. She was angry at my former employer and wanted me to confront him about the situation. I did not think this was prudent or a productive route. He wanted to return to working by himself. He has that right and made the choice with respect and integrity, although disappointing to me.
During my time at the recording studio, I learned from Nanda my former supervisor, about some excellent PA equipment that he used and its value as a professional. I determined it would be an excellent opportunity for me to start a professional Wedding DJ business after purchasing the PA system he recommended. I had been a DJ when I was younger and knew the skills were still there.
Believe it or not, this was my primary source of income for the next three years! This gave me time to work on some novels I had written oversees and refocus my work with others. This has directed me towards Life Coaching and Reiki Counseling, utilizing the skills and experience I’ve developed over twenty years as a Social Worker, Counselor, Coach, Mentor and Reiki Teaching Master! You are reading this page because I “saw” an opportunity when Nanda made his decision. I did not “see” a situation that was grim and desperate. I “ignored” the potential financial and personal consequences of not creating income for myself. I “ignored” the fact that I had no real business plan, which formed along the way organically.
Like the two prison inmates in the comic above, the lens we interpret our situation, circumstances and life directly influence our life and how we enjoy or detest its experiences. Our lens is critical to our ability to find the internal and external resources we need to succeed, whatever success means to us personally.
Today I am grateful for Nanda and his choice to let me go. I am here in Providence, Rhode Island flourishing. It took time, effort and creativity along the way. I am curious to see what is next for you, I and us!
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