Do you often feel like you wish you could hold on to all the neat ideas you encounter? Do you keep notes and articles until they start to overwhelm you?
If so, this is for you. : )
I offer my clients an occasional informal "get together" on Webex and then send them a link to view the video recording. But they can only view, not download it.
Today a client today shared with me how much she enjoyed one of these events, but how sad it made her that she could not "keep" it.
I have mixed feeling about this. I'm glad she enjoyed the discussion, but I'm a little sad that it made her sad. My intention was to share, not to trigger "mini-grief."
On the other hand, it's a good thing that it challenged her in that way. This is a small example of a decision pattern she faces every day. We all do.
To keep or not to keep? That is the question for us insight lovers (er...addicts?)
Do we indulge our drive to keep?
or release it with confidence in the abundance of ideas that will flow to us?
Do we really need to keep things just because they are:
- potentially useful someday
- "so true!"
How do we reframe this powerful urge to hold on to ideas, information and learning?
It's interesting how strong the temptation is to keep the sources that trigger such savory insights. Books, magazines articles, links, mail, email, and more
Imagine keeping only the best of the best...what are the criteria? How do I filter?
Imagine setting a time limit on keeping...
- They can feel and taste so good that we can become addicted to them...
- We need a continuous supply of mind and body nourishment
- We need to trust that more is always on the way
- We need to connect to the source, not to the actual idea
- Trying to hold on to all the best ideas is like eating too much...it starts to hurt, feel overwhelming,
- Going back and reviewing the ideas we hold on to does not turn out the way we thought it would when we kept the idea
- We go back to it and now it's no longer fresh...and worse it often overwhelms us
- The ideas we keep for "review" force us to have to go back and spend time reviewing, when really we love looking for more new ideas. (Can you say paradox?)
- Keeping all the physical remnants of ideas keeps us from being able to take in the next meal...
Holding on to ideas is ultimately just constipating us - the exact opposite of our original sense of being freed by the ideas and new possibilities they represented.
- Trust in the endless abundance of ideas
- Let them flow through you with ease and enjoyment...
- Release the idea, stay connected to the source : )
Food for thought?
Share your comments and ideas below : )