I came across the Arrowsmith Program about 5 years ago through some research in order to help my daughter. My journey was one of helping a child that was experiencing something that I never did when I was her age – namely a significant learning issue.
She struggled to do things that, at her age, I found relatively easy – actually, her weakness was one of my strengths and to watch her struggle broke my heart. The Arrowsmith Program gave my family the tools to assist her in her learning journey and our lives have never been the same since. I have gone from worrying about what her future might be, and whether I might need to support her, to one of wondering what she will choose to do. The only word that I can use to describe this journey would be “transformational”.
I watched her through this journey and encouraged her when it got tough, which it often did but, until recently, I didn’t ponder whether it could assist me. My aim in this is rather selfish. What happens if I could become sharper? I decided to allocate some of the funds I spend on personal development to trying the “Symbol Relations Enhancement” program. This is a journal of my experience in doing Symbol Relations as a professional worker. I am posting it on the Empowering Lives website because they are assisting me on this journey.
Truthfully, I expected to move through the initial levels pretty quickly – I have used an analog watch since I was about 10 and regularly work with 24 hour time, and I can type fast - boy, was I wrong.
The exercise is draining, if you have a kid doing this exercise, then understand, it is hard work. I set a timer in my office for 35 minutes and slogged at it for what felt like ages but the kind staff at Empowering Lives informed me that I had only done 12 minutes engaged time. I must admit I was distracted with emails in between!
I will admit to struggling to fully concentrate for that amount of time. If I get a question wrong, I start to think about it for the next few questions, and quite often I get a number wrong soon after. If I get a lot right I start to congratulate myself on getting them right and then I get one wrong! I also wonder if I have seen that time before, is there a pattern? In short, I am thinking about so much while I am doing it, rather than just concentrating on the task at hand.
In order to “master” - I need to fulfill a certain criteria. I am currently not there – but I use for motivation the fact that I know my daughter did this program. It isn’t easy.
What I have noticed
Truthfully, not too much right now but I am only on day 5. I do wonder if my ability to focus will improve, and my reasoning. My wife is hoping for a better ability to learn how to cook! :-) I am excited to begin this journey with Arrowsmith and Empowering Lives.