This morning I had such an amazing experience, I just have to share.
We got to the pool right at our normal swim lesson time, but we noticed a few extra people there. Usually there are just one or two other families either in the middle of a lesson or getting changed to leave, but today there was an extra guy there talking with some of the kids. It seemed like he was getting ready to get into the water, so I wasn’t really sure what was going on.
Then our instructor explained that it was Dr. Barnett, the founder of ISR! I guess that he lives near by and sometimes stops by the community center where we go for lessons. Our instructor suggested that he take Little G for a bit to work on his breath control. You see, Little G LOVES to keep his mouth open when he goes under water. Silly dude. I’ve been trying to get him to stop, but I guess there’s not really any sense reasoning with a 16-month-old…
The 10 minute lesson that followed was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever witnessed. Dr. Barnett had never met us or Little G before and in just a matter of minutes had him kicking under water and floating on his back. It was amazing to witness the instinctive way that he handled Little G. He frequently came back over to the edge of the pool to explain what he was doing, and to give the other instructor tips about how we was accomplishing everything.
It was basically the difference between having the real thing and a carbon copy. I have no problem with our other instructor. Technically, she has been using all the same tools and training techniques….but she just simply wasn’t the creator of them. He knows this stuff because he invented it, not because he was taught it. It runs in his blood. It is simply who he is, not something he does.
We were watching a master at work, doing what he was born to do.
I was filled with awe and wonder. I wanted to just stay all day and watch him work. All too quickly, our lesson was over and his next appointment had arrived, a 6 or 7 month old and he transitioned to an entirely different manner without missing a beat. With our big guy he had been fast-paced and upbeat, with the infant he was gentle and calm, soft-spoken and reassuring. It is so incredible to watch someone operating in their sweet spot.
It made me wonder what I was born to do. Am I ever going find the thing that oozes out of my pores? Will I always be an imitator of someone else’s masterpiece, or will the day come when I am the initiator?
Ever witnessed an expert at work?
Do you know what you were born to do?