It would be such a relief to come to a resolution or to gain some understanding in one or perhaps several nagging corners of our lives, wouldn’t it? Clarity on the issue and ‘what would happen if I do x versus y’. But this relief will only come with the unsnarling of the various complications that are revealed when we track the particular strand of thought.
Imagine if we could actually isolate a thought strand and follow it through it’s whole length, teasing it straight and clear of the spots where it intersects with other strands so that we could really examine it without having to consider anything else. ‘But if’, ‘what about’, and all other contingencies could be swept aside, to be slowly added back in later; after your head is clear on the main issue.
How many times have you thought that you had a solution to something, went to tell someone and been stopped cold by, ‘did you consider…’? I came at this issue in a different way earlier this year; We Want Linear, We get Billy from the Family Circus. We crave simplicity, but we are complex and we have created a complex world. There is nothing for it, but to roll up our sleeves, find a relatively quiet spot and carefully think through one problem at a time. One step at a time.
Messy, inconvenient, tedious – I know. It would be so much easier if someone would just come up with a formula for each of our more common difficulties (like a vlookup for getting along with coworkers) where we just plug in our particulars in the right part of the formula and voila – instant solution. But wait, remember that we like to be treated as individuals and not just a number? Snap, now we have to decide – formula or individuality?
Individuality usually wins out because the thing about those formulas is that they have snarls of their own. Daggone it. Maybe someone is working on a real pensieve, the thing Dumbledore used in the Harry Potter books…
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