Comments on: It wasn’t the lobster: How we often do work we don’t notice Unconferences, peer conferences, participant-driven events, and facilitation Mon, 01 Mar 2021 13:55:03 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sue Pelletier Fri, 24 Jun 2011 21:59:00 +0000 For me it all came together as I was skiing down toward the lodge at Breckenridge and started thinking about how I would miss Colorado skiing after I’d moved back East. Whoa, where did that come from? When I thought about it later, it must have been percolating for months due to changes in my work and personal life. I’d been busily burying my head in work and singing “la la la” to myself in the attempt to not think about whether to stay in Boulder or move to Massachusetts, but somehow my brain had been processing without me even really knowing it until that slopeslide epiphany. By the time I thought about making a decision, it had already been made. All I had to do then was figure out the details.

It can look impulsive to an observer, but I’ve worked this way a lot in my life. You know, like sometimes it’s easier to have a good conversation with a teenager when you’re driving in a car–amazing things come up when your attention is at least partially diverted. Maybe things that are otherwise hard to consider slip past your guard easier when they’re on the periphery? I don’t know. I do know that most of my major life decisions have kind of blindsided me in just this way, and that my subconscious has been right pretty much every time. Though I do still miss Colorado something fierce.

By: Adrian Segar Fri, 24 Jun 2011 20:10:00 +0000 In reply to Sue Pelletier.

“Maybe things that are otherwise hard to consider slip past your guard easier when they’re on the periphery?” I think you nailed it, Sue. I still continue to be surprised by how significant percolating can go on for so long without our being aware of it.

I’m really glad to find at least one other person who’s had the same experience! Thank you for sharing yours!