Don’t Open Another Window.

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Life happens in ebbs and flows. Highs and lows. Dips and, ok you get it.

There tends to be the contingency of continuously searching for answers to questions. But not a genuine approach to it. A more, self-inflicted problematic approach. You know the answer already, yet you look. You open a new window. You Google. When really, this is only a crutch to not get started. This is only a reason for you to become even more paralyzed by your fears.

Don’t open another window.

Reread that article you had bookmarked. Reread that page or passage in that book that gave you chills. So much so that you tried to recreate the feeling by taking your eyes off the page and readjusting yourself back to the words. Go outside, breathe new air. Talk to a person and get a different perspective or recall an old perspective you once disregarded.

Sometimes we become new people without our own acknowledgment or intentional actions. Old ways pass, even sometimes the good. Try to remember how you were.

Don’t open another window.

Instead, open a window. A real one. Look outside. Fall in love with the creations of this world again.

As I type this, it’s even difficult to follow my own advice. I feel compelled to go to the Internet, even while typing a post about how not to go the Internet. I can’t even control my impulse for the sake of exercise a moment. 

Don’t open another window.

What if, what you know right now, all the lessons that you’ve learned, all of the stories you could tell up until this point was enough to fill ten books? Just what if? Would you believe me? Would you have enough faith and knowledge about yourself to follow-through on delivering if you truly believed this too? I know there are times when I don’t. Even now, I’m anxious to get to doing something else. But this is not the greatest thing for us. It breaks our concentration. We can’t focus on more than one thing at once. Studies have shown multitasking doesn’t exist, despite what we’ve embellished on our resumes.

Don’t open another window.

You will run into things you already know. You will run into things that will discourage you. You will run into things that will paralyze you even further than before. You will see versions of other people’s lives and think differently about your own. 

Life is not a picture. Life is not a movie. Life is not a blog post on the internet giving you life advice. Your brain knows this. Your emotion compass sometimes goes haywire and forgets this. Sometimes that’s what you’re guided by whims of undisciplined action.

Don’t open another window.

Come back to it later. After you’ve done the task. Give it another hour or two and then come back to it. I guarantee you’ll probably forget it. You probably won’t even remember what you were looking for. Maybe because by then, you will have found the answer within from yourself long ago.

Finding external answers or what feels like them, what looks like them, seems a lot more gratifying and quicker than actually doing the digging for yourself. Doing the deep work of finding and rediscovering what you already knew.

I have books on books that I’ve downloaded and still have yet to finish. But I always get ahead of myself by clicking on the latest article, reading the latest thing. Even if said thing is not what I was looking for, or what is helpful to me at the moment. It’s very advantageous for us all to scale back on the amount of information we’re consuming. It can’t all be good, even if it seems that way. If you have information that you’ve read but didn’t immediately implement into your life, it’s likely as good as useless. Which is probably why you keep clicking the same kinds of articles. You keep opening new windows. You keep writing down the same points and tips you wrote down last year. It’s time to remember what you already know.

It can’t all be good, even if it seems that way. If you have information that you’ve read but didn’t immediately implement into your life, it’s likely as good as useless. Which is probably why you keep clicking the same kinds of articles. You keep opening new windows. You keep writing down the same points and tips you wrote down last year. It’s time to remember what you already know.

You keep opening new windows. You keep writing down the same points and tips you wrote down last year.

It’s time to remember what you already know.

Don’t open another window. Learn what you already have within, and work from there.

Blessings.


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I am an author, traveler, and lover of all plantains.