Chloe Morgane - Redhead in Lace


I’ve talked before about how I have trouble with information overload. There’s always a new book, a new TED talk, a new YouTube video to watch, a new blog post to read.

They all get me excited about making myself into a better person, creating a better video for my website, making my body fitter and stronger, or understanding the needs of my loved ones better.

I know I’m naïve. I thought I just had to consume the information, and my brain would take care of the rest.

Of course, that never happened.

What I try to do now, is to take one deliberate action on the information I consume and practice it until I have absorbed the knowledge. It’s hard, I struggle, because I’m addicted to the excitement I get from starting a new book, listening to a new TED talk, or YouTube video.

And that, my friend, is the foundation of consumerism.

I sometimes imagine I could read the same book over a period of a year. One or two chapters a month. Dig deep, and practice the knowledge until I make it my own, until it becomes second nature, until I’ve mastered the teachings.

4 thoughts on “Action”

  1. Hello You, you lovely lady 🙂

    Congratulations on the realizations that you have reached so far for yourself that you are sharing with others. You have done something, and publicly admitted to have done it, that so very few humans will ever do… admit to yourself that you were doing wrongly in an aspect of your lifestyle, accept (own) what you were doing incorrectly (and not just making excuses for that of what you have being doing), analyze the how and why, and seek out solutions (noting that in life and living there is no single solution for all the vectors we have and encounter. I am proud of you… again:)

    Never let the journey that you are on for yourself ever become rock-steady. We who know share for the few who will listen… a paltry audience for sure. But if what we share helps the many, or just the one, the sharing of our realizations do become, at least indirectly, fruits for others to consume.

    You are nourishing one or two of half a dozen here (or more), but that handful often times touches the lives of other handfuls… and so on.

    Have a wonderful day for yourself also, this day and every day hereon after:)

  2. “The Doer alone learneth.” Friedrich Nietzsche

    Another favorite of mine is the Asian saying, “Tell me, and I will forget. Show me and I will remember. Make me do it myself, and I will understand.”

    There are dozens of permutations. But I too am constantly lured by the siren song of new and interesting information. If you are truly committed to learning, you will set aside workout time to exercise your mind and apply (understand) some bit, until it is part of the new you, before looking for the next bit to start on.

    1. It’s so hard! But if it were easy, everybody would be doing it… A new me, I would really need that right now ^.^

  3. Do you work out? Because it’s easy? Probably because it is effective. I don’t dream of a new me, but strive for an evolving one, one that adapts to my ever changing, generally improved understanding of truth and the world and the people in my world.

    Smile, just thinking that you can change, improve, grow…whatever, by working on being improved, sets you apart from nearly everyone. You are elite, just for trying.

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