Saturday, February 2, 2013

On and Off the Road

What a week I've had, again. Just into February and for Iris and me this year is already becoming one of the most amazing yet. I don't know where to begin, so I just will. Here goes...

Things I've learned or relearned over the past week.

  1. Process is a way of thinking, not a replacement for thinking.
  2. People will go to great lengths to avoid thinking and process (or procedure or method) are great facilitators of avoidance.
  3. Even people who've spent years avoiding thought through adherence to procedure and method, can reengage thinking as though they'd never abandoned it. It's kind of like riding a bike.
  4. If you ever find yourself automatically taking a position in response someone's criticism or support of a system or organization, you're doing the substitution-for-thinking thing. This is at the core of being religious (either spiritually or secularly).
  5. Taking an a priori position on something doesn't mean that you're wrong, it just means that you're not thinking.
  6. Sometimes the people who are so far out there that they seem to know nothing actually know much more than you do.
  7. Sometimes the people who are so far out there that they leave you feeling as though you know nothing don't actually know much at all.
  8. It can be really hard to tell the difference between 6 and 7.
  9. You know never know how far you can go until you've gone too far.
  10. Even then, you may still be able to go farther (physical distance) or further (metaphorical distance.)
  11. If on one day, you find yourself having tried absolutely everything, having exhausted all your resources, and having failed miserably, go to bed. On the next day, if you pick up where you left off, you may find that yesterday's everything is but a fraction of all things, that you've more resources than you ever imagined, and that success may be just around the corner. (Repeat)
  12. There's nothing quite as nice as coming home.

Happy Saturday,

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