Resource: Do you know enough?
We know enough to start, but we don’t know enough to settle.
“Of course, you know enough about literature to teach literature, or enough about AC engineering to do your job. But where to draw the line? Do you know enough about the arguments and goals of political movements you’re not a part of? The innovations of new restaurants in your town? The impressive new music coming out of Nigeria? Too much too choose from, too little time. But certainly, we don’t know enough. About anything.”
Resource: Seeking sonder
We all know what’s it like to desire, to suffer, to fear, to love, to lust, to lose, to win, and everything else there is to feel. We all know what it’s like in our own way. Sonder is when you realize this. It’s when you recognize that you’re not the only person who’s having a complex and challenging psychological experience of this complex and challenging world.
“Sonder might happen to you. When it does, it will help you see the world in a whole new way. Because, if you let it, the feeling can persist. A feeling that can allow you to see others the way you’d like to be seen.”
Resource: Walking away from fast twitch
What are the things you’d do if there were no emergency happening? If there were no tight deadline around the corner? If there was no fire to put out? Make time for that work. Make that kind of work your starting point.
“But if we spend all of our time twitching, we’ll never do the difficult work of the non-urgent. Important work requires a daily commitment, one that isn’t sidelined by every emergency, because there’s always an emergency, isn’t there?”