Sunday, August 12, 2012

Keep the Idea at Bay

Week 32

Keep the Idea at Bay


            1.   I’ve found that it’s easy to claim knowledge for myself
                  that I don’t truly have.

            2.   To expose this falsehood, all I have to do is try to
                  explain it to someone and find I’m all thumbs.

            3.   It’s hard for some of us to say, “I don’t know.”

            4.   Oddly, though, I can say I don’t know, start to talk
                  about a subject and find I’m fluent and in command of  

            5.   You too? Try declaring yourself in a neutral zone—one of
                  not knowing---with the likelihood of learning before you.

            6.   By simply suspending, naming and holding an idea at
                  bay, we give ourselves space and time to get friendly
                  with it.

            7.   When you’re friendly, it’s much easier to be at home with
                  that idea.


What don’t
I know
that I
claim to know?
What an
My body
is limp
or is it
Right now
I don’t know.
But I’ll
and notice:
it’s on alert—
neither limp
nor tense—
to know.
It was
at least
easier then—
a better thought,
not claiming
to know.

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