I have the privilege of coaching in a variety of different contexts. Once recently in a township based food garden project, my attention was drawn to the amount of broken glass in the soil. On questioning the gardener, as we interrogated his business plan and strategy, it worried me that this one aspect had been overlooked. Observing that the earlier beds were still peppered with dangerous looking shards, and that the more recent beds seemed on the surface smoother, it seemed that the glass was not an immediate priority. I asked him about it, and he showed me cuts on his hands. So the glass had made an impact on his ability to work. Yet the shards remained in the pathways and in the first few beds that had been established. Suggesting that this was a hazard that could create liability costs for him merely brought agreement. The glass remained. I then suggested how to get rid of it and remove it, including the use of protective gear to do so. He brightened and agreed that it sounded feasible that the beds could be made safer.
My internal question was this:
- Why was removing the glass not a priority?
- Was the gardener so accustomed to hardship and difficulty that the glass was merely one more to endure?
- Did the glass become so much a part of the environment that it had not stood out as dangerous even when the gardener cut his hand?
- On cutting himself, did the gardener still feel powerless to change his situation through what seemed to an outsider to be logical action?
- Why was the gardeners personal discomfort so low on his priority list?
My questions to you:
- What is your broken glass?
- What hardship have you become numbed and accustomed to?
- What difficulty are you stepping over and around rather than removing?
- Do you believe that you have the personal power to change your life?
If you are tired of walking on broken glass- contact me to discuss a solution for you.