ANNA PENG

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Getting things right and smooth sailing the very first time is unrealistic.

The more open road we can take is the one where we trip and fall over often. It’s filled with potholes, speed bumps, and signs to make you second guess your choices.

It’s not nearly as user friendly as you’d want it, but it’s the only way to go if you’re planning on tending to your practice more than once.


A Shift in the System

Systems aren’t designed fairly for everybody. One system most of us know well is the school system. 

It isn’t fair that some people are born with a great memory that allows them to ace any knowledge-based test with minimal prep time.

It isn’t fair that the course material gets taught to a class in an auditory way, where a fair portion of those students will learn better and faster in tactile ways.

It isn’t fair that students with hidden learning disabilities are put up to the same processes as everybody else.

It isn’t fair that those attending college from a lower income bracket will face more adversity during their school years than others.

And the list goes on.

“It’s just how it is” shows a voice who doesn’t want to bother changing the roots of the system because it’s infamously difficult to nudge a tangled mess forward.

Instead, “How might we” is a voice of possibility and change, even under the sturdiest of wicked, longstanding systems.

We risk the potential for stronger, more resilient communities by ignoring our weaknesses. And so we have to constantly seek and mend uneven patches in our systems so that we can include everybody. 


Seeking Inspiration

We can go for hours, days, or weeks just on the search for inspiration. What’s inspiration for? Why do we need it so badly in order to begin? Just exactly what are we looking for?

Sometimes when we’re in a slump, we need somebody or something else who holds a big box of matches to light our own flame.

A common fall we take is when we use seeking inspiration as a reason not to commit, refusing to accept that what you’re seeing is good enough to begin with.

You don’t have to be original, you don’t even have to be the first. You just have to take the first nudge that hits (even if you think it’s not good enough) so that you can start. 

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