It surprised me the first time I heard him say it.
Isn’t it best to get smarter?
Well - he’s right.
In that many many times in life, the more you think things over, the more likely you are to mess them up.
You see, if you have ever read Terry Pratchett you may well be aware that there’s first thoughts -
They’re kind of like your intuition, what you REALLY want or need to do or say …
And quite often if you’re speaking these thoughts when turned into words are really funny - even though you had no idea of their humour
Then there’s second, and third thoughts.
They’re the ones that come in soon after telling you why you shouldn’t, couldn’t or wouldn’t.
Where first thoughts are simple and quick, second and third (and fourth) thoughts go on forever.
You wake up the next day and you’re still on them.
They’re what lead to regret and guilt and worry and panic and all of that.
While John Lennon was well true when he said that life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans,
Life is what happens to you while you are busy having second and third thoughts.
Try and catch the first thoughts before they get swamped and you lose them.
Awareness and presence is key.
A meditation practice, such as the one I do, is the greatest thing for awareness of first thoughts.
It’s a great thing for getting stupid quick -
Rather than thinking things over so much you miss the pure simplicity and boldness, creativity and inspiration of those quiet first thoughts.
Or even being paralysed by indecision over which thoughts to follow.
Used to happen to me all the time.
Sound good to you?
If you’re ever interested in this stuff, and would just like to talk it through a bit more?
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