Category Archives: Words to Live By

Guidelines from my 30 years of writing and teaching about positive uncertainty and the process of illumination.

METAPHORIC THINKING

Why I Love Metaphor  It is easier to think about something while thinking about something else, than  it is to think about a thing when trying to think about it. Unknown Most of you probably know that I love metaphor. This blog … Continue reading

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NO ONE IS AN ISLAND

No Thought Is An Island No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. John Donne No thought is an island; it’s an ocean of ideas. Louis Flood    The … Continue reading

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A METAPHORIC FUTURE

How Do You See Your Future? Without language we would have remained animals.                                                          Without metaphors we would still be savages. E. O. Wilson  Metaphor combines thinking and feeling and creates a readiness for change. It detracts the left brain but … Continue reading

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GIVING ADVICE

And Accepting Advice The world is filled with people who are anxious to serve in an advisory capacity.               Charlie Brown on the baseball mound surrounded by players It is always foolish to give advice, … Continue reading

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CURIOUSITY AND CREATIVITY

The Key To Open-Mindedness  You can’t grow clinging to the status quo.  It is said that curiosity killed the cat. It could also be said that curiosity keeps humans creative. Curious is defined as a strong desire to know or … Continue reading

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GENUINE IGNORANCE

A Beginners Mind “Genuine ignorance is profitable because it leads to humility, curiosity and open-mindedness.”   John Dewey A lot is being written lately about the virtues of Artificial Intelligence (AI). Not many people are even discussing Genuine Ignorance (GI). I believe … Continue reading

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INATTENTIONAL BLINDNESS *

What You Don’t Pay Attention To Attention is our currency, and it’s precious. Florence Williams Without it we don’t see, hear, taste.  Paul Atchley We only experience what we pay attention to. Attention has two basic types:                 1) voluntary, active, … Continue reading

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