The challenge of almost perfect

You just found the perfect swing, and then someone put it too close to the tree situation

The not quite right comfort zones

Text and drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

How are you?”

“I’m o.k… Not great, but o.k.”

It is an answer I often hear. The job is so-so, life is so-so… We’re still in the boat, but not quite happy.

I wondered if it is a bit like being on a swing, that is too close to the tree. We thought it would be as we planned, but now we just hang on there…

Drawing of a man in a swing too close to the tree to work. Psychology drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt
Some things seems almost to work, but still something fundamental needs to be adjusted…

Keywords: balance, expectations, needs, comfortzone, frustration, disappointment, midlife crises, tree swing, psychology

About Museum of Psychology – Visualizing psychology
We understand reality at least through a combination of metaphors, images, stories and experiences. But also through our dreams, understandings, feelings, music, walk of life, directions, expectations, relations… and even more dimensions.

Much of this have in common that we can somehow sketch up maps and drawings of these places, trails and situations. Here on Museum of Psychology I (Frits Ahlefeldt) am drawing up a slowly growing map of our many landscapes of understanding.

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