Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Cutting through the Gordian Knot

I just read this on a dear friend's blog. It's so good, I just had to repost it here... with her permission of course. Since her blog's currently written anonymously, I'll protect her identity, but she's given me the green light to link to her myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/xucre.

This woman is one of the most insightful and brilliant writers I've had the pleasure of reading on a somewhat regular basis. I aspire to be just that skilled in communicating myself. Enjoy!

things don't have to be. really... they don't.

things are only as complicated as you make it.

or are they?

no, i understand...

there exists factors that make things complicated. but are these factors really real... or are they constructs of our own fears that cause us to hesitate, to stay stuck, to waffle on the fence of indecision, to... not act?

maybe things are for real complicated... where the factors are not limited to our own mindsets, but are real life, real situational barriers that, if breached, will make things... awkward.

and no one really wants to deal with awkward, right?

but maybe the key to making things less complicated is to acknowledge the complications. put them on the table. hold them up like a mirror and face them. and maybe in doing so... in choosing not to ignore them and pretend like they don't exist... maybe things become less complicated.

because maybe by putting them out there, we can wrap our heads around just how complicated things are and determine whether or not the complications are something we can and want to either deal with... or not.

so yes... let's do that then. let's put it all out there. let's take a good long hard look at all the complications and determine what they really are and where they're coming from. and then let's decide ~ yes or no.

can it really be all that simple?

yeah... (sigh)... i know...

it's complicated.


Boris said...

Kind of reminds me of 無心 (mushin) "no mind". By fighting to ignore distraction, you give it strength and power over you. Acknowledging the elephant in the room tends to deflate it somewhat...

I better stop procrastinating now and get back to work... Thanks for the thoughts Doc.

Dr. Mark Cheng said...

Boris-san, if I haven't said it in a while, thank you for your encouragement and positivity. You are a big reason why I do the things I do. Thank you for your inspiration.

Arigato gozaimashita!