A couple of weeks ago I had (no) cause to be in an Accident and Emergency department. It is a tale of (my) muppetry that I shall feel secure enough to tell in, oh, fifty years or so.
For now, this; one of the doctors who saw me could have learnt a really good ‘differential diagnosis’ question to ask from the muppet in front of him (i.e. me). But because he was time-poor in the extreme, and because I had so clearly been a muppet, and – perhaps – because he realised he hadn’t been as sharp as he could?, he missed that chance.
Why don’t we learn from the mistakes we make, until and unless we have a) made them a thousand gazillion times and/or b) we get some serious and unmistakable feedback that *forces* a change?
Here’s a partial list, in no particular order… Help me here…
* Ego (lack of willingness to reflect)
* Lack of time to reflect
* Lack of the habit of reflection
* The difficulty of change even when we know we need to and we actually want to.