My apologies -- you haven’t heard anything from me on this blog for the last
I’ve been out of intellectual shape since Feb 4th
and it was only yesterday’s afternoon that I finally felt that my head was back
to the levels of performance that I am used to and satisfied with.
I’ve been doing the European assessments day-in day-out
continuously for 2 ½ weeks over a nasty cold and it took me another week of
dull existence when I was unable to generate anything written whatsoever before
I finally got back to a decent intellectual form.
Short note on the side:
No, Europeans are not “privileged”
to have this once a year live assessment; and Americans and Australians, i.e.
mother tongue English speakers, are not “disadvantaged” to be the first ones to
experience the new format of ABR, which relies on a distant support and
especially on comparison reports. The simple necessity of maintaining such a
once a year assessment in Europe stems from its’ multilingual nature, where we
do not have the resources to have information and explanations converted into
French, German, Danish, Dutch, Spanish languages etc separately. Most of the
European ABR families do communicate in English but it’s obviously not their
mother tongue, which makes deep understanding difficult when it comes to
specific anatomical terminology and more complex ABR concepts. So until today
the only solution for a number of families whose English is not so great is to
have direct pointing through the live demonstration as the main tool of
explanation– something along the lines: “This muscle [pointing with a finger
and avoiding naming] should get released; this bone [another finger pointing]
has to drift here; doing a movement in this place [more pointing] is a wrong
I maintain what I said many times
before: I do think that such a solution is a temporary crutch – the learning
value of live assessment is lower than the learning value of a properly done
comparison reports and consistent referral to a knowledge base.
Far reaching (at least for myself)…
First of all, I have to acknowledge and face a simple fact –
my own shape is deteriorating.
I feel like I am half or maybe a ¾ of ‘a man I used to be’
even 3-4 years back.
For a while I tried to fool myself, looking at the episodes
like this as aberrations and finding excuses but if I put together this dismal
February shape with my complete deflation in November that followed the 5 week-
long tour in the Fall 2009– previous leg of European assessments; teaching
visit to Montreal for ABR Canada trainers; and 2 long conferences in
Netherlands – I have to acknowledge facts, however unflattering they are. One
might say that being out of form for 2 weeks after 5 weeks of non-stop intense
action through changing climates, places and time zones is not too bad ...
True, I guess by ‘normal’ standards – however, everything is relative, – I used
to be able to do even more than that with much greater ease and with only minor
dips in form afterwards.
Everything that I have done in the past has been a product of
a personal overdrive based on a firm conviction that ABR is my mission and duty
and I can’t allow myself any downtime or slack. I’ve always rested just enough
to be able to work – any further rest or detour from working commitments
brought an immense remorse about the wasted time.
That overdrive has been my operating mode ever since I joined
my father back in 1993. But I realize that this mode is unlikely to work in the
Now I have to face a new reality – I am punctured a lot
easier; my intellectual form dips lower when I am punctured physically; and it
takes more time to recover back to intellectual shape that I am internally comfortable
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