On Thinking And Being
It is a rare thing that I have anything near to what I would call “clarity of thought”. I imagine it would be like having the same train of thought for more than a few minutes at a time. Although I’m self-diagnosing I am pretty sure I was one of those kids who was squirrelly and distracted all their lives that was later to be called ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) by the medical establishment. Thankfully I had a parent that was very good with behavior management, but I remember the struggle of trying to focus during years of school, but having to contend a mind that flew about like a flock of birds on the wind.
Over the years I was able to develop some skills to contend with that inability and found that several things really helped. One of those being Martials arts or some intense physical activity. Ironically reading did the same thing assuming that I like the material of course.
So when I sit down to type about what happened the night before I can only recall a few of things we did and get very frustrated over the fact that I can’t recall the things I did successfully or why they worked.
When I add stress to the mix my mind gets even worse. A common occurrence is that I will try to do to things at once and end up spinning in place – literally. The result of having two competing thoughts turn into action. My wife knows when I’m out of control when she saw me go in one direction and then the other and finally end up spinning on the ball of one foot.
This lack of mental cohesion has increased because my wife is leaving for three months to go to an immersive language school out of the country and my single co-worker is leaving for a month’s vacation.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not not good with singularity, but I usually do just fine after the first week. I just have to create a routine and stick to it. A personal kata that doesn’t require a lot of thought. Not a great way to go through life, but at least the plants get watered and I remember to cook for myself now and then.
Class notes from last week.
Storm got his first green stripe. Teacher is going to test him once a month to get him up to his real rank. His take on our first kata was pretty cool because it looked like it was all TKD instead of TSD.
Teacher reintroduced the low horse stance. 60 seconds of thighs parallel to the ground. Followed by massive kicking exercises. Bad ass!