Feb 21, 2007

Variety - Spice of life

Ideas and thoughts pour in from different directions, at unexpected times and at unexpected places. When you keep an idea aside, thinking you will remember it for later, it's gone. When you are deeply immersed in a particular phase of your life, a thought totally irrelevant to this phase you are in pops up. Do you pay attention to this thought and dive deeper? Or you just ignore it for a while and concentrate on the task at hand?

This has been the case with me for a while now. My way of living life is to keep my hands full with as many activities as I could possibly take part in. I just cannot spend time sitting and working on one thing for hours together. Variety is one essential spice that I need to add to make my day delicious. It gives me a chance to try out different things but at the same time, I cannot track ideas/thoughts linked to these different phases/activities while I'm working on something else. I tried maintaining a notepad, writing down these random thoughts and to-dos as and when they pop up but after a while, I realized that by the time I put my pen to paper, these ideas become vague or irrelevant in the current context of my day.

I don't believe in the concept that people who try to do different things do nothing. Why should a person be tied down to just a couple of things in life? Won't life become boring and monotonous then? I agree if you try doing many different things at a time, you tend to lose focus. But this is not the case when you try to do many things in a bigger timeframe, say a week or a month.

I came across this interesting thought somewhere - We often overestimate the things that we can achieve in a day but underestimate the things we can achieve in a year. How true is this! I would want to explore as much as I can and see things from different perspectives this year.

For instance, I have never observed the front panel, different gauges and indicators in front of the driver's seat in a car so far. After my first driving lesson, I couldn't believe that there are so many indicators and steps to do before starting/stopping the vehicle. I guess after one becomes comfortable driving a vehicle, all these steps become a second nature to him/her. As Aristotle rightly says "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit."

1 comments:

Nirek said...

lovely post! Living and planning for a year is way to go. But more than that- what u want to be remembered as after your death can lead your life in better way!
hv u read steven covey's seven habits book? try that...

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