Thinking and Doing

First snow of the season.

Delivery. Making real stuff. Been thinking about this a bunch lately. Also thinking about the value of both thinking and doing. Being a thinker and a doer. I'd like to keep a balance of developing my thinking skills and also my maker skills.

Thinking and doing are areas considered "practice". Study, follow exercises, plan skill building routines, and mediation. Consider the ancient Zen admonition - "Practice in secret". What that means in the modern world.

Practice in secret. What does this mean.

  1. don’t aim to be better than anyone else
  2. don’t advertise practice
  3. don’t rush things
  4. don’t seek accolades
  5. seem foolish/dumb/ordinary
  6. be indifferent to the chatter of others
  7. don’t be swayed by circumstances

This is something I’ve aspired to. Being ordinary. Without accouterments. Practice in secret equates to bing ordinary. Secret here is not negative or selfish, just hidden and private. Not hidden for the sake of deception.

Credit: Scott Young Thinkers vs Doers

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control. Continue the conversation anytime: