Be Open, Be Curious, Be Present
A mind closed in its way of thinking leaves little room for growth. To develop one’s writing capabilities involves keeping the mind open and curious to learn from everything that happens around us because everything is a possible material for your writing.
As a writer, in today’s world where technology has inadvertently affected direct human interactions, it’s become even more pertinent that we are fully present, curious and open to our surroundings.
As we grow older, we become set in our notions, opinions and ways and these attitudes leak into our writing which makes it difficult to break out of a hedge of thinking that we might have developed, however, we can relearn some of these skills by choosing how to listen, how to relate and be fully present in given moments.
No, you don’t have to try everything to understand how it works. You don’t have to go and jump off a cliff to experience how broken your legs would be if you survive it, that’s taking it a bit too far – though there are those who indulge certain extreme sports and if you do know such a person, then by all means, ask them pertinent questions. Get into their mind by asking open questions that don’t come across as judgemental.
Leading questions leave room for a lengthy answer. Asking a precise question such as;
What was it like to go hiking up the mountain – gives the responder a lot of room to express their excitement, experience, recommendations etc and you could tap into this if you are not going to try to do the same hiking that he/she did.
Be like a child, eager to learn and to soak up information. As adults, our childlike curiousity has reduced because we now look at life with jaded, experienced eyes and are far too busy chasing after money to pay the bills that pile before us.
You could embrace and rekindle your inner child often and make life your playground once again. Do something fun, read a book you loved as a child, try a new look, dance, figure out how something irrelevant works, drop that phone and connect with others. Imagine all those silly things you wanted to do as a child? Relive some of them and refresh your mind.
There’s an amazing power in being in the present and you can do this by focusing completely on the task, the event or the company that you are with. It takes practice to focus without getting distracted or just being in auto mode which takes away from an experience.
By being mindful, you would find out that you gain more insights and everything could translate into an amazing experience.
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