depth generates a life rich with productivity and meaning*
What do you make? It’s possible that your job is to make decisions. If that’s what you do, what would it mean to do it more productively? With less hassle or drama?**
Focus and depth produces new wisdom. Bernadette Jiwa came across this sign in a shop, perhaps expressing the antipathy of this:
While I was out walking this weekend I came across a sign on a shop door detailing the opening times. It read:
not sure Not SURE!
MAY BE LATER FOR OPENING (SORRY! LIFELONG HABIT)
BUT TRYING FOR 3 PM-9 PM^
When we know what it is we must do, and sometimes equally what we must not do, and when we are deeply focused on this, then we open new knowledge and experience, which is new wisdom. This is the way of humility which leads to more.
I, for one, look forward to you sharing your discoveries.
(*From Cal Newport’s Deep Work.)
(**From Seth Godin’s blog: What do you make? I was reminded of the apostle Paul’s counsel on the gifts of the Spirit in Romans 12 which include things like ‘If your gift is […] giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently […]’ – which sounds like focus and depth.)
(^From Bernadette Jiwa’s The Story of Telling blog: Promises Worth Keeping.)