Since this is the first thing that came to my mind when I thought of doing something that will actually be productive, my very first musing for this space will be on writing.
Writing is one of the greatest inventions we have made. A lot has transpired over history and most of them have happened because of the power of words. Words that were circulated as carvings in stone, to pamphlets, and now, directly to our screens. All kinds of writings have influenced our community.
Conversations are a great source of inspiration for me. But unless I write about them, whether for myself, in a blog, or in a book, I don't completely grasp and own those thoughts. Writing is a kind of thinking at its best. It explains what we've been thinking. And it inspires fresh ideas. When done correctly, it may even enlarge us.
Long before the advent of the internet, people maintained diaries and notebooks to reflect on their day. However, very few people do this anymore. The daily notebook or diary is a fantastic way to have a better understanding of yourself. Likewise, writing letters to friends and family is a great way to communicate. So, even social media, despite how little it's utilised, may be put to good use in this way.
In principle, a tweet can serve a spiritual purpose. Everyone has had a memorable encounter. The other person may have said something interesting, but you may have learnt something from what you heard yourself say throughout the exchange. When done well, talking may be a kind of thinking. Long ago, Socrates taught us this. Most individuals, on the other hand, just talk to converse, to ask questions, or to groan. As a first step in addressing a challenge or difficulty, having a conversation about it may be quite helpful.
There are instances when writing about something is even more effective. By putting our thoughts down on paper or on a screen, we may both come up with fresh ideas, and then evaluate them from a distance, gaining a new perspective. We all experienced this experience in school: When we were asked to write on a topic during a test, we were shocked and amazed to learn how imprecise and inadequate our ideas actually were. Suddenly, we felt a pang of fear. Occasionally, the mind became absolutely blank, as if it had been turned off. Imagine how much better the test would have gone if the students had written on the exam subjects in advance!
When I'm in front of people, I don't read from notes. However, I take notes to help me prepare. And it helps me recall what I'm about to say since it simplifies my ideas. I've found that simply writing down a "To-Do List" before going to bed may help me remember things so well that I don't even need it the next day. It's already served its purpose, therefore it's no longer needed. Whether or not I complete my To-Do list is something we are not going to discuss. At least for now. When we write, we learn, we understand more, and we remember more when we write. In order to achieve your goals, it might be really helpful to write them down and map out the intermediate and more imminent tasks. It encourages fresh ideas. And it motivates.
In other words, write to find out. In addition, you can become by writing!
When it comes to writing, there's nearly never a mistake to be made.
“The art of writing is the art of discovering what you believe."
That profound perspective was conveyed by the famous author Gustav Flaubert. And it captures my experience accurately.