My first principal told me that he thought his job was to “fine tune” the teachers on his staff. At the time I wasn’t particularly eager to be “tuned,” but I have since come to think about it differently.
Depending on where we are at a given point in time, all of us, I think, can benefit from being nudged out of our comfort zones in one direction or another:
Nudged toward sociability or toward solitude and quiet.
Nudged toward routine or toward the non-routine.
Nudged toward new learning or toward the consolidation of what we’ve already learned.
Nudged toward trying new things or toward increased appreciation for what we already have.
The implications are endless.
We may be nudged by the example of others. We may be nudged by an invitation or a demand.
Whatever the source, our lives will be enriched when we pay close attention to and even welcome the occasional nudges that inevitably come our way. And when our lives are enriched, we enrich the lives of others.