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The Importance of Asking Why  

I had no idea when I first attended SRSS 2017 or signed up for Foundations that simply understanding Self-Reg would quite literally save my life in under a year.


Taking Foundations I could tell I was working an office in the midst of a stress cycle, I chose to invest my energy into noticing and reducing the stressors I could for myself both at work and at home. Had that not been my mindset I probably wouldn’t have pushed my family doctor when some blood work seemed to be bouncing all over with no why.  After waiting months to see a specialist, I may have taken the “magic” pill he wanted to prescribe without running any new tests.  After asking why approximately 20 times in a short initial visit he realized that I wanted to figure out what was causing the issue, not what would mask it.

It is never a good sign when the person who works in the lab reviewing results decides to call you back to have a test rerun “whenever you can get here” before your specialist has even had a chance to call. The next 5-6 weeks are a bit of a haze of being bounced for more tests, specialists, an MRI, a referral to the local cancer centre and surgery. Asking why and why now had meant finding a hidden stress that otherwise would have been missed in the form of a cancerous cyst the size of a 6 inch sub. 

For my own Self-Reg and when working with others, I can’t help but focus beyond the surface behaviour and the quick fix program to ask why and why now.    

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Aviva Dunsiger
Aviva Dunsiger
Aug 05, 2020

This post really speaks to the power of asking "why" in all kinds of situations! So glad that you continued to ask "why" and found this cyst. I wonder how this might inspire "why" in other situations.


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