Swimming in Obstacles

Swimming in Obstacles

Water flows effortlessly till it hits an obstacle such as a rock and it forms eddies that counter effect its stream. These eddies could develop into whirlpools. EddyΒ is theΒ swirlingΒ water and the reverse current created when water is in a turbulent flow regime. The water begins spinning. Our lives aren’t different. These lives may flow smoothly till they hit many obstacles and we find ourselves forming whirlpools inside us. The challenges grow in us.

Obstacles maybe predicted or they might just emerge form nowhere. These obstacles vary in types. Examples include pain obstacles that we create within such as sad memories, demotion and lack of passion. Obstacles include social and environment obstacles as well. Failing efforts are the rocks in water that create eddies in our lives. Same observation with wind when it faces tree blocks.

You are in the middle of an eddy with nobody around to help you. You need to foster your inner strengths to deal with the eddy and its reverse current. This is an opportunity to learn from nature. See the latest research findings to learn from nature. For example, fish change their smooth swimming patterns in calm water to slaloming from side to side with an unusual, relaxed motion. the fish were bending their bodies into wing-like hydrofoils to catch the eddies that spun alternately off the two sides of the obstacle. This way the fish are doing very little muscle work and serve their energies.

Can we do the same when we face obstacles? Do we need to change our sailing type in harsh waters? We can only achieve this if we keep our wonderment, passion and drive. This is what Fatima G. Williams, Sara Jacobovici and myself termed β€œThe WPD” factor. Like a fish spins around the obstacle, we need the three components of the β€œWPD factor” to spin and synchronize their movement so that we may sail in troubled seas while relaxed. We must compromise between success and failure by going upstream and downstream.

Wonderment brings achievement. Passion provides us with the energy to accept obstacles as an opportunity. Drive is seeing us getting closer to our goal. The three components of the β€œWPD” factor reminds me of the fastest-spinning animal in the world- a spider. These spiders get the sense of change in air current to realize that there is a prey ready for them from behind. To surprise the prey these spiders form the equivalent of three full spins in the time it just took you to blink your eyes.

As the spiders do three full spins in no time, do we humans need to spin the three components of the β€œPWD” factor very fast to keep our balance amid obstacles? Spinning three components is a skill that can be learned by practicing. In the embedded video below just imagine that the three balls represent the three components of the β€œWPD” factor (wonderment, Passion, drive).


In hard times we need to spin our way in turbid waters. For humans they need to spin wonderment, passion and drive to keep sailing even side ways till the eddy of obstacles disappears.

I dedicate this buzz to Franci Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador-Brand Ambassador for establishing the β€œWPD” Hive. Your initiative spins and you know how to keep your balance while doing spinning dance.


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Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#66
dear Clau Valerio- I am so glad and contented for your genuine character and appreciation. The feelings are mutual.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#64
You hit the nail on its head dear Clau Valerio. Your comment reminds me again of the WPD Factor (Wonderment, Passion, drive). If me put SMART goals and combine them with WPD we shall see obstacles as challenging opportunities. Without proper attitude and mindset the WPD factor shall be missing. In my next buzz I shall discuss this topic from new perspective and by using an appropriate metaphor that will show the value of your comment. For now, thank you my good friend for writing such a comprehensive comment and for sharing the buzz.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#61
Thank you dear Savvy Raj for your great reflections. Your comment and others prompt me to expand on this buzz and explain new strategy for business. That I shall cover soon in a buzz, in which I shall refer to your comment here. "All of creation is perilously balanced while it is manifesting through the interpolation of circles of being. As our life changes We create new circles in the living" This I shall remember for long times.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#59
This is the lesson for us as we all live a spinning life even if we don't realize it.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

#54
Savvy Raj better qualified than I to answer your question. With that said, I learned to keep my eyes focused on a fixed point and whip my head around in order to avoid vertigo. It takes practice, concentration and exercise to achieve balance.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#57
Always my pleasure dear Tausif Mundrawala. Thank you

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#55
Your comment dear Tausif Mundrawala reflects my intention of writing the buzz. You said it eloquently. We must be prepared for life may turn like a turbulent river. Well-said my friend.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#53
Your comments reflects your clear mind Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador most qualified to answer my question.

Franci 🐝Eugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador

Thank you so much Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee, we might get ourselves into an uncontrollable spin resulting in confusion and even anxiety. Thus, the need for balance which is necessary to maintain a good sense of being.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#51
You did this for me

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

2 years ago #40

#49
Lol! The secrets to co-creation my friend...Always put a new 'spin' in the matrix;-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#48
I do hope that you write a buzz based on your comment. I sense it shall be outstanding.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#48
Honestly, I shall consider you Cyndi wilkins as my "mind isotope". You know what isotopes are. Your example of the spin cycle resonates so strongly with me and this is a valuable addition to the buzz.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

2 years ago #37

#47
"If we allow the wonderment and passion to reinforce the drive component then we might face from overdrive." Ah yes, the lessons of the 'tortoise and the hare'...Slow and steady wins the race;-) Temperance is one of the most difficult virtues to obtain, yet fundamental to conscious growth in our efforts to be the best humans we can be...We all know what happens when we fly too close to the sun...Better a slow 'spin cycle' simultaneously for a softer landing;-)

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Thank you Cyndi wilkins for simplifying the role of the WPD factor. Do its three components or attributes work subsequently or they better spin together? If we allow the wonderment and passion to reinforce the drive component then we might face from overdrive. This has its reverse effect. This buzz explains why it is better to spin them.

Cyndi wilkins

Cyndi wilkins

2 years ago #35

I love this WPD factor...In order to apply this modeling to our lives we must always remain 'teachable'...Having a child's sense of wonderment as if we are learning things for the first time evokes humility ... And certainly nothing revs the engines of creativity more than passion;-)

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #34

#38
We have spent the last year deep into Autism territory and your comment and quote are appropriate. Our two hired experts have taught me a lot about cause and effect is not always what you think.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#43
Absolutely correct

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #32

#39
That is a good way to look at it. Are we building shrines/pyramids when we should be learning and gaining wisdom. Interesting perspective. I am sure pyramids (Rocks/Eddy) are important and maybe deserve some form of marker, but certainly not a life long pursuit of stagnation. Moving forward with each eddy as a teaching moment is a better perspective.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#38
I agree

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#37
Not again my friend. You keep puzzling me "The eddy of behavior we experience with students is our teachable moment". We learn and we teach what we learn. We learn how to make use of eddies in water to make our swimming effortless, The big challenge is to behave in a way that eddies can be a source for something to make us do what we do better. I wish all teaching institutes would read your comment. I wish I could share this buzz right now in the Teachers' Hive.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#36
I am opening my mouth in surprise reading this "If we know that i cant know all and expect the unexpected we can apply our past wisdom and gain more". This is exactly the theme of my next post. Your mind synchronized with mine in unthinkable ways.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#35
These are deep thoughts. I failed to draw a diagram, and I understand why now. The image of millions of people trying to remove a rock somehow reminds of the pyramids, which I visited a minimum of fifty times. In fact, I lived few years in Cairo just opposite them. How these big stones were moved is still a puzzle, but we know the rocks used in the construction of the pyramids, had to be moved long distances and then uplift them. As you said, the builders and rock-movers had to use unconventional way benefiting from the wisdom gained in moving and lifting the early ones.

John Rylance

John Rylance

2 years ago #27

#37
I totally agree. An authority on Autism was asked how did you work out how to communicate with them. His reply was they teach me. 

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #26

#34
One mindset i had to learn in our business is that behavior is motivated by something. My typical response to behavior is discipline is required. Cause and effect. In disabled children behavior is a fundamental communication that i cant process what is happening to me. We have to interpret behaviors in order to help students better communicate with their outside world. The eddy of behavior we experience with students is our teachable moment. Not something to get rid of, but rather something to remove the fear the student is experiencing while in an eddy.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #25

#34
Mindset is everything. The axioms upon what we rest determines entrance to any eddy. If the axiomatic response is who put this rock here then our investigation has its mandate. If we know that i cant know all and expect the unexpected we can apply our past wisdom and gain more. Two simple mindsets with totally different potentials.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #24

#34
As with most thoughts it is difficult to create a visual of the paradigm. A stream of time is something we will always have to manage. Given the variable that millions of other humans are managing the same stream, we know rocks/eddies exist, naturally. If i can gather 50% of the information on the future of a stream i sense i have done the best i can do. The rocks and eddies will show me the rest. Because each rock and eddy have shown me wisdom i bring this to each new rock. Imagining the cause and effect model within this context brings great depression to most. Rocks cant be removed because each is created just because you choose a path within your stream. It may be similar, but not the same. The image i came to was millions of folks standing around a rock in a stream of time. All trying to remove the rock. A few saw, experienced and gained the wisdom needed and moved on down stream to the next rock. Well ahead of competition, social stresses and depressive activities.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#33
First, I am so happy to read a comment by you my good friend Harvey Lloyd. I truly missed your wisdom for few weeks now. Interestingly, I used the word wisdom, which you mentioned in your comment " If we enter the rock/eddy with the understanding of learning, networking and navigation then we will exit with wisdom". Yes, because we might face no eddy and gain no experience. It is the mindset that counts. Do we consider eddy as a threat then we look for flight. If we consider it as a learning opportunity then we gain wisdom. Your first line "I believe if we illustrated the water as time and imagined ourselves floating on this medium we could see the eddies as natural also. Now time represents the medium but we choose the stream of time we participate". SO rich idea to be left alone without care. I love this metaphor. Could you send me an illustration of what you think because there is so much room to build on this great ideas.

Harvey Lloyd

Harvey Lloyd

2 years ago #22

I believe if we illustrated the water as time and imagined ourselves floating on this medium we could see the eddies as natural also. Now time represents the medium but we choose the stream of time we participate. Some streams are muddy and difficult to determine bottom structure, while others are sandy and clearly visible. Rocks and obstacles exist in both. The question we must ask ourselves are the rocks naturally occurring or is it part of a cause and effect that rocks, overtime could be eliminated from society? I contend that the rocks are the places, where on the stream of time, we develop confidence, perseverance and wisdom. Anti-Fragile. In a class i was a part of we discussed how you enter a process will typically determine how you exit. If the rock/eddy is entered into as "its not suppose to be there", then all efforts will be made to remove it. If we enter the rock/eddy with the understanding of learning, networking and navigation then we will exit with wisdom. Fully capable of helping another person navigate the same learning.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#31
Thank you Marisa Fonseca Diniz. Your comment is spot on.

Marisa Fonseca Diniz

Marisa Fonseca Diniz

2 years ago #20

Excellent reflection! Obstacles serve as lessons that we must bear throughout our lives.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#29
Truly, great examples Roberto De la Cruz Utria. We need always to consider future possibilities and prepare ourselves for them no matter how remote the possibilities that such risks would occur. This has to be a two-pronged approach with observing examples from nature and how species meet such challenges. We are running increasingly into "rocky waters" and we know for such incidence of sailing or swimming in turbulent waters. I wonder academic teaching would resolve to classes outdoors.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#15
Thank you dear Debasish Majumder. Like a plane in order to fly higher and get an uplift the uplifting force should overwhelm the gravity force. You make me think again my friend. I thank you also for sharing the buzz

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#11
True, in crisis situations we need to make very fast decisions as we don't have the luxury of time.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#16
This sounds a very interesting comment. Most unfortunately, the Google translation is unclear even though the clear parts show the value of your comment. In particular, what annoyed me most is the poor translation of your idea about how to sharpen thinking. I shall try again to better understand your comment dear Oswaldo Enrique Diaz Delgado

Debasish Majumder

Debasish Majumder

2 years ago #15

wonderment, passion and drive actually lead to where? are not we indulging to be captivated in our own designed prison? i wonder, in a magnetic path how we may flow and in what direction? how can we gravitate ourselves though gravitation plays the key role for directing us with a flow of continuity and the process of evolution only set our travel as well travail to make a new dispensation which sometimes truly wonder us. however, great insight indeed sir Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee! enjoyed read and shared. thank you for the buzz sir.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#13
My dear friend David Navarro L\u00f3pez #10. Thank you David and I am stunned by the perfection of your example.

David Navarro LΓ³pez

David Navarro LΓ³pez

2 years ago #13

Excelent Post, Dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee It transported me to one rafting training I did. After learning the basics, we faced our first rapid. It was a huge stone, bigger than a house, in the middle of the water stream. Then the trainer (and Navigant) told us to paddle straight with all of our strength toward the stone. We hesitated but been encouraged by the trainer to do so. We hit frontally violently against the rock, and with the rebound of the raft, he managed to turn 270 degrees counterclockwise the raft, to finally turn to leave the rock to our left, almost without effort. Then we understood that this is precisely what the water does, so trying to simply dodge right would have us introduced in the reverberance of the water, and been sucked down. The lesson for the life I got from this experience, is that you need to understand the "dynamics" of the "water stream" you are on and take advantage of them for your own purposes. Another clear example of WPD

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#10
Thank you Zacharias \ud83d\udc1d Voulgaris. I smiled reading your comment because the stone obstacle in waters is equivalent to walls. Instead of hitting the wall or stones, we may better find a way out. I enjoyed your comment immensely because it reflects exactly what I aimed at from publishing this buzz.

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

#5
Good old-fashioned problem-solving. I could do it near the speed of light. Okay--that's an exaggeration, but I was damned fast.

Zacharias 🐝 Voulgaris

That's a wonderful, passionate, and driving point you make my friend! Very good advice as well, when we are stuck in a linear pattern which ends up resembling hitting your head on a wall. Thank you for sharing!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#8
Interesting point my friend. However; people keep the tendency to store furniture to forget that even they have it.

Pascal Derrien

Pascal Derrien

2 years ago #8

Obstacles are like road furniture on the life path some have to be negotiated with others are irrelevantly positioned and best to be ignored

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#6
Your wisdom shines and obstacles make you even shine more. The wisdom in your words "The wonderment does not come from the obstacles, but the meaning that shines on those obstacles and reduces them in scale and scope of meaning" grabbed my attention and I am captivated by it. Congrats on the arrival of Rayna (any meaning attached to the name dear CityVP \ud83d\udc1d Manjit? Does it mean shining? You touched upon the distraction obstacles we all face by this mobile device called cell phone. The problem is when you find yourself in a dinner party with every guest holding to his mobile. No focus on any topic and no conclusion to any idea. I feel technology is creating many social obstacles for us to move around. I wish you and your family great times taking care of Rayna

CityVP Manjit

CityVP Manjit

2 years ago #6

I can easily get rid of my biggest obstacle, which is the time pressure to complete my educational program that has come into being. I have chosen not to waste the credits I have accumulated over many years and just knuckle down for one difficult year, compressing a lot of activities in order to finish. Yet yesterday all of that momentarily melted away when my grand-daughter Rayna arrived into this world on a sunny Canadian afternoon. 7lbs 6oz momentarily replaced the thought of the many obstacles to finish my Award by next June 2020. The wonderment does not come from the obstacles, but the meaning that shines on those obstacles and reduces them in scale and scope of meaning. For the past seven years, the major achievement was living a life not tied to a phone, but this year that dreaded electronic enslaving attachment is shortly coming right back into my life. I cannot navigate the obstacles of the program without it. Yet I can still have fun with it, so I purchased myself a retro phone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T35u7gv85lk though I have no idea if it will work since I don't know if it is actually compatible with a modern cell phone that no longer uses jacks - but at least I can teach kids these days, what that hand sign for phone actually is. The obstacle this year is still secondary because my primary attention is the arrival of Shaan in January, my grandson from my second eldest daughter and now Rayna, the first grand-daughter from my oldest daughter. I don't need the cell phone to take pictures but it will connect me with the latest two addition to the now four grand kids. Shaan is adorable and Rayna is going to make it a great double team - and then any obstacle shines greater under this new light.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#3
Nothing speaks better than personal experiences. Thank you dear Joyce \ud83d\udc1d Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee for sharing it. I just wonder was it the WPD factor, or others that helped you sail your way through!

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

#2
You know very well my dear that you make my life journey worthy with your formidable insights. You explained the buzz and the drive behind writing it. Anyway, this is in reality a co-authored buzz with you and Sara. I also thank you for sharing the buzz

Joyce 🐝 Bowen Brand Ambassador @ beBee

Interesting parallel. I suppose I could say my life has been a series of rapids, and I have learned much from them. I whole-heartedly agree.

🐝 Fatima G. Williams

Dear Ali \ud83d\udc1d Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee WPD has been helping us wade those these obstacles and set the sail right and it is the core of sustainability and us being able to flow in the path our hearts are set on. Though the obstacles give us a detour now and then WPD ensures we find a way through it all and for that we are truly blessed with the wonder of accepting life is not the obstacles or the rewards or the actions we take it is the journey filled with WPD. Thank you once again for reiterating this.

Ali 🐝 Anani, Brand Ambassador @beBee

Sara Jacobovici- you are mentioned in this buzz. Franci\ud83d\udc1dEugenia Hoffman, beBee Brand Ambassador- I thank you for establishing the WPD Hive

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