Big Picture

        When I was a child in the 1960s, my grandmother, who had been born when Victoria was Queen, liked to complain about specialists.

Medicine was changing, and she was accustomed to having a General Practitioner who not only attended to all of her needs, he came to her home to do so. 
       In the 1960s, the role of the GP was changing and referrals to specialists were a new part of medical practice.  
My Nanna thought the idea of an ear-nose-and-throat doctor was ridiculous, and she let that be known. In time, there was a joke that when I became an adult there would be two different nose doctors: one for each nostril. Extreme and narrow specialization would render doctors useless, and the needs of the patient would be lost. 
Hyperbolic though it was, my child’s brain took aboard the idea, and began to recognize the pattern in other places. 
As a child of the 1950s I was born into a profoundly changing and dynamic world.
Before my second birthday, Sputnik had been launched: the first artificial satellite orbiting the planet. Within a decade, a Space Race would be well underway, and people in my sphere would be bandying about the phrases ‘Global Citizen’ and ‘Earth-dweller’. Identities of times past were redundant.

As I learnt the lessons required by school, I was also able to read and learn about Dr Christian Barnard’s first successful heart transplant. I saw television films about Washoe the Chimp and her ability to use language. I watched Star Trek and was introduced to the possibility of non-carbon-based life. I watched the news and celebrated the births of the new young princes, Andrew and Edward. 
Every week, I attended religious services with my family, and in the late 1960s accompanied my father as he worked within the ecumenical movement, in an effort to promote understanding among Christian denominations and bring about religious reforms.
I saw how people ignored and dismissed ideas that did not meet their own focus, and by the time the book Future Shock by Alvin Toffler introduced me to ideas of communities gathering around shared ideas, I was ripe to hear it.
What I was not was ripe to find was some tiny niche in which to concentrate my efforts of spend my energy. I was still very young when I identified the need for generalists: I wanted to see how the little pieces fit together. I wanted the nostril doctors to be overseen by someone who understood not only the nose or the face and head, but the whole body and even the person involved.
Holistic systems and interconnexion appealed to me. Seeing the Big Picture seemed a very important skill. Knowing how the Whole worked, in any given area, looked like a progressive and beneficial knowledge.
As the decades have passed, I have been fortunate to have many educational opportunities in different fields. I have researched topics for friends writing essays and theses,  assisted in proposed lesson plans for teaching candidates. I have worked at chemical-free farming, in an office, for a sign painter, selling door-to-door, and dozens of other, unrelated fields. 
I have attended Occupational Therapy sessions in support someone I cared about, and I have trained in cancer care, support for seniors living with abuse, and palliative medicine. My name has appeared in playbills, for roles on and behind the stage. I have, in short, explored many aspects of life, and come to appreciate the interconnexion of all things.

When, in the 1990s, I began to consider my values and beliefs about life, I had a plethora of information from broad and diverse sources. The concept of the generalist reappeared, and I was delighted to recognize how much my experience of life is enhanced by exposure to many fields. My entire life has been enriched in being able to converse with anyone who comes to me as a client. My meandering path has given me a gift of vision, which encompasses each and every individual reality and allows me insight into numerous worlds.

I have been practising Numerology and supporting clients through life changes since the 1980s.
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