Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Learning Curves

I took this photo a couple of weeks ago within the grounds of the area surrounding the vineyard.  The verdant, lush grass made a huge contrast to the slushy snow that greeted me yesterday at the same place.  Looking at the benches curved around the lake prompted me to think about curves and particularly about the learning curves I have been through these last couple of weeks.

I have been listening and watching a series of videos recently where eminent women speakers talk about a whole host of different topics from a feminine perspective. I was a little bit cynical and thought that it would ultimately be a waste of time but did it anyway!  Sunday's 'Telejam' was about how to create a connected (like-minded) community.   One particular quote I got from this was 'when you feel resistance to showing up, it is the time you SHOULD show up'.  Well, on Monday I didn't feel like showing up to the vineyard as it was snowing and cold and miserable but I decided to make the effort and go.  On this particular day we were given an expert's guidance on pruning the vines so it was worth going to glean his expertise.  It was also the day that I had to put my recently acquired emergency first aid training into action; a daunting prospect with an older volunteer lying prone and unconscious in the snow. I was the first person to reach her and gently shook her whilst repeating her name and she gradually regained consciousness.  All the other volunteers rallied around and with help I got her into the recovery position.  We covered her in our coats as she was unable to get up and contacted emergency services.  Less than a year ago I don't think that I would have been able to help.  I would have felt it was beyond my capabilities.  It seems I am 'evolving' much more rapidly than I had intended!!!

10 comments:

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Good for you Simone, I' m sure that lady was very grateful for your expertise!
V xxx

wherethejourneytakesme said...

You were definitely in the right place at the right time - how lucky for that lady. You must have felt so pleased that you had made the effort to go despite the cold and you have been able to test out your newly acquired skill. xx

Puppet Lady said...

Well done, you! I hope the lady was ok. It must have been a challenging situation for you, but you coped. I'm sure you're now glad that you went to the vineyard.

rusty duck said...

Well done!
It looks like the vineyard is in a lovely area too. A good place to recharge the batteries.

Toffeeapple said...

Do you feel good about yourself now? You should do, you reached out and helped another human being. Well done Simone.

Rose Fern said...

Well done, Simone! I totally agree with the quote. As I tolda you in a previous posting, I'm going through this showing-up-evolving phase, too, so I know EXACTLY what you mean. It's a hard, but truly rewarding course as you've already seen...Keep on!

Lisa said...

What an amazing thing you were able to do for someone else!
Lisa x

Rosie said...

You were very calm and capable Simone and I would think you made the lady feel safe and cared for until the emergency services arrived. I do hope she is ok:)

Anne said...

Well done, Simone! Isn't it wonderful to find out what you're capable of. Often so much more than you would have thought! I'm glad you are evolving and enjoying the beauty of being outside, learning new things and creating!

Enjoy your time at the vineyard! I hope it continues to be rewarding for you.

Judy Hartman said...

How wonderful, Simone! I admire you for constantly working to improve yourself and how fortunate that you were there and could help. I do find that the times I don't feel like participating in social events, but do, are sometimes the most enjoyable or worthwhile.
And, what a lovely lake!! xx