1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34…Can you figure out the pattern in this series of numbers? It is called the Fibonacci series and it is a pattern that is very common in nature. For example, flower petals and leaf clusters tend to occur in groups of 3, 5, 8, etc. Daisies, for instance, have 21 petals and a pine tree usually has 3 or 5 needles per cluster.
Our world is full of repeating patterns and the same is true of us. We show patterns of thinking and behavior that tend to repeat throughout our lives. For example, we may give up one addiction only to develop another. We divorce one person, then marry someone just like them. We relate to our parents in one way as children, then relate to our spouse in a similar way as an adult. The genuinely compassionate person tends to remain compassionate and the habitual criminal keeps looking for an easy mark.
Like the arrangement of colors in an oriental rug, patterns give a unique structure to your personality. Some complements each other, adding richness and depth to the personality. Others have the opposite effect obscuring the beauty within. Although changing lifetime patterns can be difficult, the process goes better when you know what they are. Take the time to know the patterns that compose your life.
Copyright © Andy Drymalski, Ed.D.
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