Be part of the solution, not part of the problem. That’s a paraphrase of Eldridge Clever’s quote, “…You either have to be part of the solution, or you’re going to be part of the problem.”
One source of your energy is your kitchen, in the broad picture anyway, just like one source of your car’s energy is the fueling station, aka the mini-mart. Think about it for a moment. In both cases you can buzz through quickly getting just what you came for, or you can dally and get more than what you came for. Either way, are you making sound decisions that make for a productive day?
Imagination broke the four-minute mile and the sound barrier. Imagination has taken us to the moon, Pluto, and beyond! Imagination has given us music, art, and dance. Imagination fuels science, medicine, and technology. Imagination gives us our future.
My mom was diligent about feeding us a balanced lunch and dinner. Lunch was at school because she felt that the sandwiches she would have made wouldn’t be as healthy as the hot lunches cooked and served. My classmates and I always made up names for the different foods, trying to gross each other out (cherry cobbler became known as Baby Bird Eyes, for example). The food nourished our bodies and imaginations.
My college roommate fretted endlessly about what her purpose in life was. She was driven to understand why she was on this planet. In sharp contrast to her drive was my seeming indifference to why I was here. It never occurred to me to think about my purpose. I didn’t seem to need one. I was just here, doing my thing.
You define your world with labels. You define those around you with labels. You define yourself with labels. Labels are powerful — be careful how you use them: they can make or break your attitude and energy.
“You can’t see the forest for the trees” is an old idiom that roughly means you are looking at the small details so closely you are missing the bigger picture. Do you ever do that?
One such issue that fits in this category is the discussion about calories. “A calorie is a calorie” is often the opening salvo. The sides in the conversation tend to be dieters and scientist-types. It seems that positions get entrenched about whether a calorie is a calorie, or if they are “different kinds” of calories.