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The Practice of... not practicing

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Dec. 26th, 2004 | 05:59 am
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I can identify with this avoidance of a Practice, somewhat, although in a way I have not completely examined.

What I find greater or more attractive in a person is either of:

A. sticking with (training for, focusing on) a skill to the point of excellence
B. putting just a little extra energy into any, each, and EVERY little thing that you have a scrap of natural talent for.

I encourage people to go with A, because it has a bigger payoff for most people and is perhaps more normal, or at least traditional. And admirable.

I am unabashedly guilty of B in my own life, but I feel it's what comes naturally to me. Makes me look like a Renaissance Man, when in reality I'm just coping with my neural landscape. I can know one or two things about everything far more easily than a bunch of things about one thing. I am a professional generalist.

As far as judging what's healthy for you, no one can say -- unless they ask you and you tell them and they tell it back to you, which is what therapists do -- but I will throw my moral/ethical/religious/worldview/philosophy two cents in here and say if it enhances your experience in this life and doesn't take away from anyone else's, it's healthy.

cross-posted from another thread

The astute reader may correctly suspect that I'm going to contradict myself on this later. But I keep pressing these keys with letters on them and I like the way they click, so

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Chef Monkey

Re: Test Scenario

from: chefmonkey
date: Dec. 27th, 2004 07:55 pm (UTC)

You do know that my statements yesterday retroactively made that fact true, right? If you had checked on Saturday, she would have spent the past several decades farming cotton. Good thing, too; at $15,000 to $400,000 for a registered alpaca, she's much better off this way. Cotton farming is nowhere near as lucrative. Tell her to get out before the bubble bursts.

I'll have to get in touch with her and find out if I can borrow a couple of alpacas for a company party at some point.

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Triple Entendre

Re: Test Scenario

from: triple_entendre
date: Dec. 29th, 2004 05:14 am (UTC)

Well, I've known for some time that she was farming alpacas, but now I know why!

Yeah -- I had wondered. In politics, it's "follow the money;" in life, "follow the irony".

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