What is a toolkit?
In the ‘old days’ a toolkit was considered to be :
” A set of tools to be used for a particular purpose”, or
“A personal set of resources, abilities or skills”
In our modern world we now have the addition of:
“Software designed to perform a specific function, especially to solve a problem”
With either definition I think we can agree that a toolkit is to help us perform a task or solve a problem. The skills we have been learning throughout our life to help us survive our modern world could be considered to be a ‘toolkit’, a set of mental strategies for making our way through life dealing with any hardships or problems that may occur and hopefully having a happy time on the journey.
So just for a bit of fun, here is a teeny questionnaire:
( you wont need a pen and paper!)
1. Your partner/relative/ friend is bad-tempered
and giving you a hard time, do you:
a) get angry and shout louder than them.
b) phone a friend and complain angrily about the situation
c) slam out of the door and stomp up the stairs.
d) decide they are having a bad day and be calm and patient with them.
2. You have had a piggy day / week and decide you need a coffee and cake treat. The cake, though it looks nice is dry, tasteless and unenjoyable. Do you:
a) buy another, then feel sick after overeating.
b) dwell on your misfortune and feel even more fed up
c) complain loudly to the waitress in no uncertain terms
d) decide you are experiencing some unfortunate Karma and accept patiently.
3. You don’t get the job position you were hoping for. Do you:
a) feel gutted, miserable, get depressed, have a few too many drinks
b) think of all the reasons why the other person shouldn’t have what you deserved
c) feel very jealous and vow to avoid the other person forever
d) try to develop some good feeling for their good fortune.
Now here’s the scoring:
Answers a) b) c)………………………. Score 0
Answer d)……………………….Score 10 points
If you scored 0: you are using the wrong toolkit to enable you to live a happy life.
If you scored 10 or above: you have started to collect the necessary mental tools in your toolkit which will lead you to a happy life.
During our brief lives we become familiar with certain mental traits or behaviours which we think will enable us to succeed in our society and establish the life we wish to experience, we could call this our ‘mental toolkit’. Continue reading