Years ago I had a light bulb moment courtesy of a young client. He helped me realize the power of a good story to create powerful change when shared. I had the privilege of working with a young man. He was eight and very advanced. He had recovered from cancer and mom wanted to make sure he stayed healthy. In one of our sessions we talked about the reptilian brain. I shared a story about Albert Einstein. He was quite a celebrity in his day and reporters followed him everywhere. One day a brave reporter asked Dr. Einstein why he always wore the same old cardigan sweater. Certainly he could afford a better wardrobe with his level of success. Einstein focused on this reporter and told him that he was feeding his reptilian brain. Only when that part of his brain was fed with the familiar was he able to soar and discover new ideas!
A week later mom phoned me to ask what had transpired in the previous session with her son. I couldn’t remember most of it until she shared something with me. She was doing his laundry and found a small piece of his baby blanket pinned to the inside of his shirt pocket. When she asked about it he told her that he often felt worried about learning new things in school. To calm himself down he kept a piece of his baby blanket with him; like Albert Einstein’s sweater; to satisfy his reptilian brain.
Out of the mouths of babes! Don’t be afraid of learning something new. That is why we are here; to grow and become more.