I get my inspiration where I can get it... so this article was inspired by a short article on Medium...
1. Two young fish are swimming in the lake and they pass by an older fish that is swimming the opposite way. The older fish nods at them in greeting, and says, "Morning, boys. How is the water?" The two young fish swim on for a while, then one of them looks over at the other and asks ‘What the hell is water?'
OK, that is one story about water... and self-awareness.
2. The second story comes from a book I haven't read and probably won't. But the question is fascinating:
Why doesn't water taste like anything?
According to psychophysicist Mark Changizi, water tastes like nothing because evolutionarily, its lack of taste made it easier for us to taste anything harmful that might be tainting it. Bacteria from a rotting dead animal upstream could spell death for a human that ingested it, and flavorless water makes it easier for us to taste it.
I wrote this article six years ago... and except for "current events" it is still accurate... My webhost hasn't kicked me out... yet... lol.
This word, trust, has been coming up too frequently, in conversations with my students. I consider that coming up guidance, so let me start exploring trust: what it is, what it isn't, and how to deal with lack of trust, or the different forms of distrust... and also where it comes from.
About 50% of humanity believes that positive thinking is what is going to bring home the bacon, suppressing negative thought, negative desires. I saw a video yesterday that even the Dalai Lama's talk is interpreted as positive thinking...
He says: a small positive thought in the morning can set your whole day on a positive spin.
What he doesn't say is that the kind of positive thoughts people have aren't the kind that create a positive spin... au contraire... Just the opposite: They turn your day into sh*t.
I once had a client who lived and still lives in the small upstate New York town where I live... Syracuse NY.
The idea that you can get smarter needs to get clarified.
Why? Because people cannot see smart, cannot see how smart shows up, cannot see... anything other than themselves, how THEY are.
I talk to a few people every week. And I can tell that the way they see me is in comparison to themselves. Not as a person on my own right... no, they see me in the same picture as themselves... and they measure... hell, they measure, relentlessly, and guess what? I always come up short... or at best the same as them.
And we are talking about all kinds of aspects, levels of education, smarts, good/bad, etc... and yet in every aspect that is the case. This is how the homo sapiens machine works.
Sometimes the only way for you to notice what a prick you have been, is to change your ways and look back. . As I am on the mend, I now have gone outside to walk a little bit to move the fluids inside, the blood, and the lymphatic system. If there are more... I don't know about them. 1
So my constitutional is to make the fluids move... I don't have energy for a lot of walk, about a quarter of a mile is what I CAN walk now... I used to be able to walk for hours.
What makes the difference? When something starts to work: what made it suddenly work? Do you know? Chances are: you don't. And neither do so-called scientists. It is a guess... the guess that makes them seem right. We are wrong 99% of the time. Why?