So, yes, we could look at graphic a couple of ways (a little ol' cog-b for ya'll here)
1. OMG, there's so much out there I don't even know I don't know. How do even function? How am I qualified to help others? Did I even go to school???
2. Wow, I will NEVER get bored. The world is exciting and is full of new stuff to learn all of the time. Literally, endless opportunities to learn ALL THE THINGS.
Where do you land??
I'm betting it's somewhere in between. Honestly, me too, depending on my mood, amount of sleep, workload etc. etc.
But, I do know I'm in a better place if I can frame this conundrum of 'not knowing what you don't know' in a more positive light.
Otherwise I can go to some dark and twisty places SUPER fast courtesy of the imposter syndrome highway (more about this in the next Ally).
And what else helps? A little humor in my life and trying not to take myself so seriously.
I'm human, I mess up, and if I can laugh about it those shame pathways don't get so triggered and reinforced.
So to help you feel better about yourself and maybe even chuckle a little bit, I'll give you the top 5 times that I CLEARLY didn't know what I DIDN'T KNOW (and looked like an idiot but still survived:)
My husband wanted a new chainsaw, but he insisted that it be a certain kind. No problem, I'm an educated woman, I can handle this.
I walked into Lowe's and told them I wanted a specific kind of chainsaw for my husband - a steel one.
The older, helpful man promptly nodded and led me through the maze of tools to the correct section of chainsaws. I thanked him. He nodded and started to walk away, but then I said, "Wait - are they STEELLLL???"
He looked at me like I had lost my mind and then I finally put it together that steel chainsaw were actually a BRAND NAME that is spelled STHIL (but sounds like steel).
Super embarrassing (oh well) and it was CLEAR to EVERYONE that I didn't know what I didn't know.
This is just going to keep getting worse ya'll so bear with me - I'm outing myself just for you:)
Early in our marriage, my husband and I lived in a VERY little cabin in the middle of the woods; it was a tiny house before they were cool - it was called being poor.
Because it was in the middle of the woods, we often heard OUTSIDE noises really clearly and birds made nests around the perimeter of our home (I promise this is going somewhere, hang in there with me).
One afternoon, I was boiling eggs in our kitchen and I started hearing small little 'cheep cheep' noises. My first thought - I was boiling baby chicks alive and they were in stress.
In complete freak-out mode, I ran outside to grab my husband, yelling that that I needed him to hear something super weird. He was extremely concerned that the house was on fire (or something equally as dire) and quickly leaped up the steps into the kitchen.
When I explained to him my worries, he literally couldn't talk. I think it was likely from one of two things:
1. His complete disbelief that I had made it this far in LIFE and was considered intelligent by the rest of the world
2. He was laughing so hard that he couldn't speak
That was the day that I learned something I didn't know that I didn't know -- that baby chicks are not part of the process when you purchase eggs from the store. WHO KNEW, I KNOW.
This example is a little more serious one - and more recent but shows that we all benefit from a state of learning.
One of my client's mom is a super intelligent, well-respected nurse. When she received her second vaccine shot, she became SUPER sick for about two weeks.
When talking to her about this, I actually said "Let's assume that I know nothing about how this really works (not a stretch I know), but is that a good thing - like does it mean you have more antibodies?"
She was super kind about with her reply. That day I learned that your reaction to the vaccine is more likely an indicator of what it would have been like for you if you would have gotten the virus. For example, if she would have gotten it, she would have likely been in the hospital, but her husband (who had little reaction to the vaccine) would have likely had mild symptoms.
My response: HUH! I did not know that and now I do. Another wrinkle in my brain:)
NUMBERS 4 AND 5. If you've been with me for any amount of time, you know that I am born and raised in the South.
Not the oh, it's so beautiful, look at the Spanish Moss from the veranda as we sip our mint juleps BUT more of the the kind where we...
grow corn and "do it" (means put it up for later - it's a whole process), have crawfish boils to feed everyone, eat church potlucks, give directions like "turn off the gravel road onto the other one and go until you see the broken down barn with a red side," and get beautiful hand-made quilts from our grandmothers made from familiar patterns (because who can afford to buy fabric when you have PERFECTLY good scraps from outgrown clothes right here).
Just helping you set the scene here because these last two are one of MANY times when I literally didn't know what I didn't know from just being Southern.
Quick, your power goes out. What do you do??
a) quietly wait for the power to come back on light the candles you have for the just in case?
b). call the power company to TELL them your power is out while turning on the generator to make sure you are cool and can finish frying your chicken?? Oh and if it's winter, throw another log onto the fire and close the doors so you can make pallets in the living room.
If you answered B, then you can come to my house anytime:)
Yep, I thought that you were SUPPOSED to call the power company every time (like even in my dorm I tried to do this) - apparently that's NOT a thing if you don't live in the middle of nowhere and not everyone has generators (like not even baby ones that you can plug into your window unit - I KNOW).
Again, something I didn't know that I didn't know. And I'm still alive many years later.
Sooo, to give you and understanding of my Southerness from just my speech, here's the perfect picture to sum it up:
Today's quick is a THREE WORD PHRASE that is the key to learning sandtray.
To give you some hints
1. I say it all the time when teaching
2. We even had it printed on mugs and masks for Sandtray Suite members
3. It's what you say to yourself when you aren't sure if sandtray is working (even after you have trained and know all the things).
ANSWER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE EMAIL
Since we're on the topic of not knowing what you don't know, I'm going to share some specific miniatures you can grab at Miniature Madness that speaks to this very idea.
Of course, you can grab any of the miniatures below simply by clicking on the picture and putting them in your shopping cart.
Remember, if you're a Sandtray Suite member, you have a special 10% off code you can use at any time (it's in the Sandtray Suite Penthouse if you don't already know what it is).
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Alright, check out some of my favorite miniatures that help clients express those feelings of 'not knowing' and vulnerability that's common to all of us.