I’ve written a lot of blogs in the past. Most of them contained long and complex pieces of content that exposited an idea while neatly tying off all the lose ends. Now, I write every day and I simply don’t have time to elaborate my ideas in such great detail. This is by design.
I now see ideas as more valuable than answers. I try to leave 90% of the message unsaid. Rather than taking hours to go over every detail, I find it more interesting to give you an idea without the accompanying instruction manual. The idea might come from my mind, but the insight should come from yours.
While writing those long posts, I noticed that my own insights didn’t connect very well with readers. Your environment and experiences are so unique that mine probably don’t translate. But if I merely give you an interesting idea, you can develop the insights that have value to you.
Like the teacher Krishnamurti, students would come to him and ask powerful existential questions like, “Why do I suffer?” and he would respond just by saying, “Who is asking the question?” In the process of thinking through such a simple idea, the students were able to gain much more clarity than through any answer Krishnamurti might have been able to give.
Try saying, “your hair looks really pretty today,” and then walk away. It has 10,000 words of meaning to her. You don’t need to say all of them.
Sometimes the things you leave unsaid have the most impact. It can be a profound experience to simply open the door for someone without shoving them through it.
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