Most of my deleted unread emails talk about changing my worldview, developing my intuition, and becoming mindful, my best self. No offence to those who find navel gazing useful (and I have been guilty of doing too much of it myself) but it strikes me that all this contemplation of self, this constant sense of reflection: how I can be a better person, happy, fulfilled, makes us entirely the opposite.
In schools, children have to reflect upon their work and what could have been done better. In public service work, reflective practice is the norm, and coaching and self-help rely upon it. Yet, rather like reading someone’s essay, too much time can be spent on analysing it and not enough on just getting on with writing it.
It is good to appreciate when things are going well and to be thankful; this is positive. It is also good to instigate change in life through our individual agency if something is not working. However, am I alone in thinking that over-analysis, dwelling, rehashing old ground and old angsts is not terribly useful or proactive?
If we spent just a fraction of the time we spend thinking in actually doing, then just imagine how things could be … we could live in the moment by taking action rather than thinking about doing … that’s why litter pickers are far more in the moment than anyone simply talking about it!
Time for a dog walk!