When Halle (4) breaks down crying, it is impossible to explain to her that she might be tired even though it is obvious to us she is.
She always attributes the cause as not getting what she wanted immediately before crying.
It appears that adults are similarly poor at noticing underlying causes. We don’t see the connection between, sleep, health, or personal growth and our behaviors during the day.
The challenge is that our bodies quickly assign causes that we feel are right in our bones. Even knowing this, the only way that I can often short-circuit this tendency is by following a checklist in my head.
Did I sleep last night? Do I need a nap? Have I eaten recently? Did something happen earlier in the day that I haven’t processed yet? Is there an underlying principle that I need to understand?
Even when we do fix the problem by fixing the underlying cause, it is still hard to attribute fixing the underlying issue because it isn’t direct.
If we don’t see these connections on a daily basis with simple things, think about the links we’re missing at a larger level.
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