I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious. – Albert Einstein –
The quality of everything we do, everything, depends on the quality of the thinking that we do about it first. The quality of the thinking that we do, depends on how we are being treated by the people we are thinking with, including ourselves.
– Nancy Kline –
A Thinking Environment journey begins with one of two programmes:
Trisha is scheduled to run Foundation Courses and Thinking Partnership Courses in Cape Town and Johannesburg on the following dates:
Foundation Course Dates
27, 28 September 2018
2018 course dates in Johannesburg have already taken place. Please email us if you would like us to let you know when the next course is scheduled.
Thinking Partnership Course Dates
17, 18 September, 16 October 2018
13, 14 & 20 August 2018
I remember it being a significant turning point in my life when I realised that “this isn’t it” is part of the human condition. It is a default lens through which we human beings look at our lives. We think: “When I have the gold star, score the goal at the match, win the love of the class’s most popular girl or boy, get the degree, get the job, get the promotion, get the house, the life partner, the car, the kids………..then that will be it! Then my life will have turned out!”, only to discover that as soon as each new goal is accomplished, the satisfaction lasts for a while (sometimes a scarily short while given how much has gone into achieving the thing that was going to make us feel successful) and then is replaced by – “this isn’t it……..it will be it when……….”
And so I learned that life really isn’t about the destination, it’s about the journey, and that one day that journey will end and until it does there will always be new horizons, new outcomes, new dreams, and big lessons along the way. That was when I realised how important courage is to this endeavour of being a human being living a human life. I realised that life – in the form of circumstances beyond my control, and other people’s expectations that I never actually signed up for or agreed to – will keep coming at me. I learned that I needed to cultivate the courage to stand for my own values, not just the ones I was told were the right ones to have, but the ones I really do have. That I needed to learn to listen to both my heart and my head. That I needed to be ok with getting it wrong and making mistakes. That I needed to develop enough self-esteem to value myself deeply even in times of darkness and failure.
In all the theory, concepts, ideas and distinctions I have come across in my life, Nancy Kline’s Ten Components of a Thinking Environment stand out as a blueprint for living a courageous life, one in which I keep learning, every step of the way.