Pick or choose

Picking tends to happen quickly, arbitrarily, or without consideration for others.

We pick holes in things and others, pick sides, pick fights, nit-pick, are picky picky picky, pick up bad habits, buy some “pick your own fruit,” act in a “cotton-picking” way, cherry-pick, remind people that “sweetie-pickers wear bigger knickers” (sorry about that one), or enjoy Brain Pickings (this one’s good, there’s always an exception).

There are some things in life we should do in a hurry but not as many as we think.

To choose is to be more noticing and thoughtful.  More can emerge from the small, life happens in the little.

Ichigo ichie is the appreciation of the ephemeral character of ny encouters with people, things, or scents in life.  Precisely because an encounter is ephemeral, it must be taken seriously.  Life, after all, is full of things that happen only once.’*

‘When we say that ‘the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,’ we are usually speaking of things that ‘come alive’ when their elements are integrated into one another.’**

Just pick something  can be tantamount to saying anything is better than nothing.  Choosing slows us down allowing us to spot something where we thought there was nothing.

(*From Ken Mogi’s The Little Book of Ikigai.)
(**From Lewis Hyde’s The Gift.)

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