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Friction Helps Us to Grow

Posted on Monday, December 06, 2010
I was reminded of the line recently:  To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life.  ~Alan Coren, The Sanity Inspector, 1974
I take this to mean that when we are fed up, and our spirits rattled and our energies fractious, we create the need to move forward in some way inside.  Whether it is to march off to the council and lay a complaint, or gather a troop together and march in protest, it’s the irritations and frustrations that actually get us moving.  The friction that ignites inside from where creativity, and communication can rise up in meaningful ways, and solutions be discovered to those challenges. 

That’s really important.

Imagine if you will, a world where nothing ever goes wrong in your day.  The day starts well, ends well and nothing much of anything is in the middle of it.  It is as you planned it and wish it to be.  While we all want such days – and sometimes I know I NEED them – if every day were like that, we’d soon struggle to get up each morning.

Sameness and certainty do not help us to grow – friction does.  How we learn to cope with it is what shapes us.

Andrew’s appointments include: * Past board member of the Song Room * Board member of Florey Neurosciences Foundation Council * Past Board member Zoos Victoria Foundation * Board member of Petstock Foundation * Past Chairman of CAPRA - Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia @ Monash * Chairman of The Click Foundation  * Fundraising Committee of SecondBite * Patron and Founder of Caitlin’s Retreat * Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors * Chairman of Rees Partners Advisory Group