Hi All, Sorry I’ve been away for a while. I really enjoy writing my blog and sharing my ideas with you. I also really enjoy the feedback and affirmations provided from time to time. Life gets busy and I took a little breather. I’d like to say “I’m back, and better than ever!”, but since I’m already perfect, there is no where to go but toward further understanding, and I still feel a little confused. Life sends us in all sorts of directions. The important thing is to stay centered and breath. Thank you for sticking with me.
Have you ever stopped to consider how amazing your body is?
Have you ever watched yourself move in the mirror? I don’t mean in an egotistical way, this isn’t about narcissism. This is about wonder. Have you ever watched yourself move in a mirror?
Have you ever looked at your hands while you were typing on a keyboard? Really watched the movements of the fingers as they flawlessly find their way between keys while you work through writing a message. Have you ever stopped to think about how they find their spots on the keyboard? How does that work? How does your body do that?
Of course there is a simple answer, we’ve science’d that out. Your body has muscles and the muscles control motion. Each joint has muscles for extension and retraction. The bones are there to hold everything in place, as the muscles ripple around them. In turn, your brain sends signals to the muscles in a coordinated symphony to tell the muscles where to go. Then there is muscle memory. This accounts for how you’re not so good at typing the first time you sit down to a keyboard. Then after years and years of practice you’ve trained your muscles what to do. It’s a simple as programming a computer. Your body knows where to go from past experiences and it simply repeats the pattern. It’s all mechanics and chemistry in action.
Your logical brain reads through it and says, yeah, that makes sense. Then you move on with your day.
Whereas your 12 year old child brain (an unacknowledged part of the brain that most people ignore) is standing up with a huge ass grin on his face and jumping all around saying “WTF, that’s amazing!” “You really expect me to believe all the gibberish about muscle memory and extension/retraction!” “You don’t even know dude!” “You’re just making stuff up.”
Interestingly the 12 year old mind sounds a lot like the version of you with inhibitions and some reasoning skills dampened. We’ve learned to shut down that voice. It makes us sound rash and impulsive. It also makes us sound a little uneducated like we don’t know how things really are. Or more specifically like we don’t believe what we’ve been told about how things work.
We are ‘educated’ to believe we know how things work. Someone who thinks they understand something doesn’t ask how something works. A person that isn’t asking questions isn’t questioning answers. We believe we know what we know. We believe to ask if our answers are wrong, is a sign of failure on our part. We’ve believed it this long, we better keep believing it so we don’t look like idiots. The problem is, when you don’t ask questions, and you’re surrounded by idiots, it looks like everyone agrees on the truth. When in reality, you’re just surround by idiots.
I don’t say this to disparage. I say this for effect, to identify the reality, at some point we are all idiots. It’s okay, it’s just a label. What’s important is that you don’t learn to ignore the label so you don’t identify with it. Instead, you identify with it and recognize it as a reminder to ask questions.
“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.” – Confucius