Without Thinking

Do you play an instrument? Then you know how your eyes will read the notes and/or chords while your hands are playing the music. Your eyes don’t have to translate what they read for your hands. Your hands will automatically play the notes and chords โ€” without thinking.

If you are not a musician, perhaps you are doing some sort of sport? My husband used to play soccer. While on the field he wouldn’t think about how to take the ball or how to kick it; playing soccer just came natural to him โ€” without thinking.

This past week, while chatting at the dinner table, my friend shared with us how she used to type a text without even knowing its content. She typed while listening to the audio recording of the words.

Once we have mastered a skill it becomes second nature to us. We do it automatically. We can look outside the window while typing on our keyboard. We can drive a car, shift gears, turn on the signal, all while listening to music along the way. Once learned, we will walk without having to think that we need to put one foot infront of the other.

When forming habits โ€” good ones as well as bad ones โ€” we are in danger that they become so much second nature that we are no longer thinking while we are doing them. We need to be on guard that this doesn’t happen to our daily devotions. Are we doing them so we can tick off our reading plan list? Or are we doing them to hear what our Father has to tell us?

Reading God’s Word shouldn’t be just the thing to do but should be a time well spend with the LORD. The Bible says to love the LORD our God with all our heart and with all our soul and with all our strength and with all our mind (Luke 10:27). If we truly love a person we want to spend time with that person, don’t we? The quantity does not count as much as the quality because we can spend a lot of time with people without thinking, without truly being mindful of them.

Don’t put yourself under pressure thinking you have to spend a certain amount of time reading your Bible every day; but when you do give it your full attention. If you wander off with your thoughts while reading go back to the verse that you last remember and read the passage again. Another thing which will help you to stay focused is to make notes: Keep a Bible Journal.

I will talk more about keeping a Bible journal in one of my next posts. So, stay tuned.

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At Times Of Inspiration

What do you do when inspiration starts flowing at the most inconvenient hour of the day? Are you ready for it?

I don’t know about you but I tend to get the best ideas while I’m doing the dishes ๐Ÿ™„ or when I’m walking the dogs. These are times, of course, when I’m not sitting at the computer to write.

A few years ago I was naive enough to believe that the thoughts would come back as soon as I sit down and start writing. I’ve learned my lesson the hard way. Not only did I miss to write down my ideas immediately but I also didn’t write them by hand. About fifteen years back I’ve had a small collection of short stories on my laptop which quit working from one moment to another without a single word being saved to a memory device before ๐Ÿ˜ฏ

One of my best tools are a plain notebook and a pencil and a small bag to take them along wherever I’m going ๐Ÿ˜‰

When, where and how do you usually get inspired? Do you keep a notebook, perhaps even two or three or more, close by to jot down ideas when they pop into your head?

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A few years back, I thought multitasking was good and an important skill to learn. As a young mom, having a child that did not sleep much in his first couple of months, I’ve had to come up with something. At times, I would put my son in the baby carrier and continue with all sorts of household tasks while he enjoyed being carried around ๐Ÿ™‚ Later on, while being a single mom for a good while, I’ve had to come up with new ideas to get all the daily tasks accomplished.

I agree that in this fast-paced world we often have to do multiple tasks. Today many women have to work outside their home. Years back, I used to squeeze in an appointment at an office before or after driving my son to school. Sometimes I also used my lunchbreak to run a few errands.

That’s not multitasking you might say. Well, how about this:

Cooking dinner while watching over homework, folding a few clothes that just came out of the dryer, jotting down a few items unto the grocery list, …

In my post If Something Is Important Enough I mentioned that we cannot do many things (multitasking) thinking all of them will get done properly. You see, eventually something โ€” or somebody โ€” will suffer if we don’t keep our focus straight and take the time for things and people who need our full attention.

It’s interesting to see what the search engine comes up with when looking for pages that talk about multitasking. Most of them will tell you that the brain is not able to do multiple tasks without making errors. Others will try to convince you that you will need to be able to multitasks to survive in your job and in this world. Then there are at least a few that will say that the more tasks you are trying to accomplish the greater the risk will be that each one or more of them will suffer.

I think our brain is capable that we can accomplish more than one task โ€” especially when doing tasks that have become like second nature to us. However, most of the time, I find it best to give each one our full attention to get the best results.

What’s your opinion on that? Do you like or even prefer multitasking? How do you schedule most of your daily tasks?

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