When you’re specific, you only find two kinds of people: people who are delighted and the rest.*
Indecision is your greatest threat.**
If our doesn’t have a heart we must find another path.
This is being specific. It’s important to know art we must do and do it. Life is unpredictable, though. Being able to stick at what we have become able to do is not enough. What we can do must always be able to move us into what we cannot do yet:
‘When we repeat the same activities day in and day to, we limit our ability to have new experiences.’^
So we wander, we get lost, we explore. We ways in which we are specific need to be honed in this way. This is what Richard Sennett insiders as craftsmanship. It goes deeper, but:
‘As I’ve elsewhere argue, superficiality is put to particular use in modern society.’^^
Sennett is asking, where are the crafts-men and -women today? I have carried Pamela Slim’s words with me since reading them several years ago: “look for a niche an inch wide and a mile deep.”*^
Why stop at a mile deep, though?
When we are being specific, we find what we are searching for and we keep moving. In the words of Thomas Merton:
“My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going.”^*
This is being specifically unspecific, when we continue to explore, to get lost on purpose, to step into incompetency, to find possibilities rather than wait for problems:
“When I examine myself and my methods of thought I come to the conclusion that the gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”⁺
This is how we explore the future, the unknown, the unfamiliar, the chaos and randomness of the beyond.
It is where being specific can flourish.
(*From Seth Godin’s blog: In search of specific.)
(**From Benjamin Hardy’s article: What Happens When You Take Full Responsibility of Your Life.)
(^From Keri Smith’s The Wander Society.)
(^^From Richard Sennett’s The Craftsman.)
(*^See Pamela Slim’s Escape from Cubicle Nation.)
(^*Thomas Merton, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(⁺Albert Einstein, quoted in Jay Cross’ Informal Learning.)