It’s kind of messed up how the mind can work someone into a blathering glob of blubber and make a mountain out of a molehill. It’s messed up how a tiny spark or suggestion can be the start of a stressful imaginary scenario that blows the facts out of proportion. The power of the mind to transform the most minuscule piece of data into a full-blown tragedy – this is truly amazing. Unless, of course, you are in the middle of the tragedy. That’s when it becomes heart-wrenchingly frustrating: the rational mind is screaming that you need all of the facts first and to wait – the hyperactive imagination is working in overdrive to create the most fantastic (as in fantasy) situation where nothing good can happen – or only good can happen. It’s messed up.
In a world where a more scientific brain exists (more scientific than mine), this messed up situation won’t happen because it will look at the facts and wait for all the facts to arrive before jumping to a conclusion. When only some of the facts present themselves, the irrational mind can arrive at a plausible conclusion; however, this is often a misleading conclusion because all of the facts are not in. Patience is required in order to gather all of the facts (and evidence) before a conclusion can be made. This is the key: patience.
They say that patience is a virtue: a virtue that is difficult to maintain constantly as the pressures of the world around us. Patience seems to be generally lacking in the modern world: everything is designed to make things faster, smoother, easier to do without the need to wait. Even the expectations of response times have been cut dramatically with responses taking more than 24 hours often considered “slow”. When did the world get like this? Is it a legacy of the Internet and the increasingly connected world we live in?
This is what we forget to do these days – to find ourselves and listen to the sounds of the world around us. Just to “be” and let “be”. At least, that’s the way it should be.