I try to be introspective on a regular basis. While I spend a respectable amount of time reviewing failures and successes I’ve had, it feels like I still critique outside situations more than I critique myself.
On a related note I have (sort of) a photographic memory – which would make sense. When I tend to look back on prior experiences (even when something just happens that makes me think of previous endeavors) I have hardly an issue with bringing up a memory that directly pertains to my current situation. Well, that’s not really true either.
More than consciously sorting through a lifetime of experiences, my brain takes the wheel and makes the decision about what’s important. I guess it’s relate-able to a Google search. When someone says “spill” my brain does a little sorting and settles on the time I left a clear glass of clear gelatin in the fridge. Then it broke.
Side note: when cool liquid gelatin and shattered clear glass come in contact with the shelves of a fridge – that’s well below the solidification temperature of gelatin – it’s a bad thing.
But anyway… It’s sort of like my cerebellum processes a query, brings up the first page of results, and auto-picks what it feels is the most relevant. My mouth sort of blurts out whatever it’s told.
So HERE’S where the photo stuff comes into play.
I would like to know what else I know, but don’t know I know it because my brain tells me I know other things. Make sense? Essentially, I want to think about a certain topic and (instead of settling on the first search result) dig a little deeper to see what else I can dredge up.
As a result, I’ll craft a picture or pictureS around whatever prior experience or previously learned knowledge I come up with.
Sound good? Well, I need some help. See – I can’t just think up a phrase or situation out of thin air. My current situation (a laptop, white wall, air conditioner and a foot that fell asleep) are filling my dome with stimulus that will invariably lead to a certain thought.
So I need you to bring up topics or ideas. They don’t even have to make sense. Licorice puppies wearing glasses on Everest would be just fine, but now that I thought about it, the thought process won’t be unique. You understand.
Fill my brain, people!