The Clean Slate Illusion


It’s not just about now.

There’s no such thing as living in the moment. We bring a lot of baggage with us to every interaction we’re part of.

Some of it we are conscious of, but much of it subconsciously affects how we think and act.

If you want to positively impact your interactions with others, be aware of the luggage you bring, as well as the possible luggage of those around you.

Examine your own feelings to see if the past may be colouring your actions in a way that isn’t beneficial. If you think someone is acting in a way that doesn’t fit with present expectations, consider exploring if there is something else going on with them that may be affecting their behaviour.

You may not know what other people have packed in their bags, but simply understanding that there is usually more depth to the moment than just today can go a long way to improving relationships.

A Team Human Conversation

Fight workplace zombies in your organization and join Team Human! Gather a group of fellow workplace zombie hunters to discuss our most recent blog post. Use the questions below to kick start your conversation.

  1. Explain a time when past experiences influenced your behaviour with someone.
  2. What can you do to be more in control of how your “luggage” impacts your interactions?
  3. What can you do to be more aware of how other people's “luggage” impacts their interactions?