“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.”
― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Pooh might have felt this while eating honey, but being the (not-so) diet conscious modern person I am, this quote was what came to my mind eating pizza for dinner on a lazy Sunday night.
There was a moment just before eating the pizza that our mouth starts to water, and our brain anticipates the tasty pizza. Somehow, that taste has always been better in my mind than the actual one. But when my mind developed that taste, that perfect time, might not have been the first one, but that was definitely the last one that it remembers.
The rest of the ones will always try to live up to the image of that.
Well, what I am trying to say is not really related to food, as you might have guessed till now.
Sometimes, we want things only when they are a thought. A construct of our imagination. For who we create in our mind, is better than who they really are. We want the thought of them. The idea of them. But not them.
I cannot get more abstract than that. But if you have felt this once in your life for someone or somebody, well, to everyone of us out there, you’re not alone.
Cleaned my bike last week. That was for the outside world.
Closer to home, a lot of rubbish lay on my desk.
Keys, medicines, important papers… And what not.
They were all there, chaotically strung together. This is one more piece of advice I have got from my Aai-Baba (Mom-Dad) time and again. Don’t get impatient. Even if things are so tangled up you can’t do anything, don’t get desperate and start yanking on one particular thread before it’s ready to come undone. You have to realize it’s going to be a long process and that you’ll work on things slowly, one at a time.
But when the desk was finally clear, I saw that it wasn’t really completely utilized efficiently.
Only when we remove everything that is not necessary, do we get time (and space) to do what is necessary.
Before you add stuff to your life, I suggest you eliminate all the needless stuff first. See how much you can cut away from your life. Via negativa. ()
Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.
It’s okay to not achieve 1000% productivity in a week. Give yourself some time.The power of compounding is greatly underestimated in this world. Always keep this image in your mind. Just doing 1% better each day, compared to just doing 1% worse:
[One of the most powerful images that I have ever seen in my life. Speaks volumes.]
And relating back to the first word, when I sit here on this desk, and finally start writing on my laptop and sit upright on a chair, there’s this sense of anticipation. This makes me feel like a teenager again.
I have kept my blog’s () tagline as ‘I am, after all, cleverly disguised as a responsible adult.’ And I guess that will always remain true my whole life.
If I started with one of my favourite quotes, will like to end with one of my favourite author’s.
“When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.”
Until next time…