How Non-Interference Creates Non-Problems
I learned about the concept of non-interference from Wayne Dyer in his movie, The Shift. It one scene, a couple of kids were running around with water pistols and accidentally caught Wayne in the crossfire. Despite enjoying their playful behavior, the kids’ mother was embarrassed and apologetic about the noise and Wayne getting soaked. He talked about the idea of non-interference, explaining how, when left to their own devices, most kids’ behavioral issues resolve themselves.
This taught me two valuable lessons, not only about parenting but also about life in general. First, recognize the difference between a real problem and a bruised ego. And second, avoid dispensing unnecessary discipline for non-problems, just to maintain appearances.
Wayne Dyer highlighted that what may seem like a positive reaction could be more of an overreaction just to save face. There have been times when I didn’t know how to respond to a situation and so I refrained from responding altogether, and times when I could have responded in a more fitting way. Overall, I’ve become more open-minded by allowing events to unfold naturally without my intervention.
Wayne Dyer’s concept of non-interference has helped me to understand when it’s necessary to step in and when it’s better to let things play out on their own. By applying this to my own life, I’ve been able to avoid unnecessary conflicts and consequences, and to become more accepting of the unpredictable nature of life.