I’ve been told that I tend to work towards the positive — hope, connection, possibilities, achievable next steps.
I also like to invite the other side of the positive — let’s call it “the negative,” for now. (I sometimes prefer other terms, like “the shadow” or “disowned feelings”) (including disappointment, which I wrote about here).
We can’t have the positive without the negative, right?
Light is meaningless without dark to help define it.
Up doesn’t exist as a concept without down.
We wouldn’t have the word “day” if not for night. (I suppose that’s arguable, but it sounds good, doesn’t it?)
Okay, I think I’ve made enough deep (if not completely air-tight) justifications to focus on less positive things in this blog today.
Throughout this year, I’ve written some posts about “accelerated learning,” focusing on valuable lessons I’ve been accumulating (including here, here, and here).
Today, I’d like to focus on things I don’t know. Things I can’t seem to figure out. Things that confuse me.
Things That Confuse Me
- How busy everybody seems to be (including me). This confuses me when I’m thinking that a lot of the busy work we’re doing isn’t (a) necessary, (b) helpful, (c) as important as we think it is, or (d) what we really want to be doing.
- Modern packaging. There are soooo many sealed products that I just can’t seem to get open without a swiss army knife or a team of experts on hand. (New occupation for the future: Personal Packaging Manipulation Consultant.)
At this point in the blog post — rather than discussing endless examples of packages I am confused by and have trouble opening — I will go to the solution-oriented side, and share something I saw on-line this morning:
18 Everyday Products You’ve Been Using Wrong
Even though that title is using a “You Statement — rather than an “I-statement” — thus easily putting me on the defensive ….
… that title is absolutely correct. I have been using all of those things wrong, dammit!
But, on the other hand, look at all I learned today.
Thanks to geeksugar (for the photo and post about opening up clamshell packaging), BuzzFeed, friends on Facebook and elsewhere, and to you, of course, for reading today.