Pay attention instead. By no means do we mean to not think things through, analyse situations and look at them from all angles to find the closest suitable semblance of objective truth. Of course you should be able to think, break things down and synthesise new information so you can make intelligent choices and move through life with a clear beacon of where you want to go, what you want to accomplish and who you want to be.
The point is that we overthink things, lacking the input of others (which is unavoidable as we are social to the bone). We come to conclusions or settle on the “one and only way” to do something and then pretend it’s the only possible reality and course of action, and proceed to overthink further in order to manipulate things to go our way. We eliminate the “pay attention” part from the equation as we are too lost within our thoughts on the matter. We get stuck and detached from the ever-changing landscape of the matter. So please do think but, when interacting with others, put paying attention into the driver’s seat. If you’re don’t, then it’s not a dialogue you’re having. It’s just an agenda and an exercise in manipulation to get what you think you came here to get, which is mostly convincing the other person(s) you’re right.
All of the old myths and stories value thought but put attention – as the ability to truly see, react, and adapt – at the top of their values. “. Horus is the deification of attention and is symbolized by the eye, meaning that which is not blind, which sees the world. The moment of paying attention and seeing is so much more important than thought that it is sacred, because it means you are not isolated but connected to all the outside circumstances. You can be the smartest person in the room, you may even have the best solution, but by no means do you know everything there is to know or is your solution the only (right) one. You have blind spots and the data you were operating with has most likely changed or could be updated. Even if it hasn’t and the blind spots are minimal, you’ll get nowhere with your cause if you ignore the feedback and can’t read the room.
Pay attention. The formulation of “paying” is right on the money here since it is very energy consuming to deeply listen and see, with no judgements, no agendas. It’s far more energetically expensive than walled-in private “thinking”. The better you see, the better you can act in reality. Do think and say what you think, but pay attention before you do because what you think may not be the fact or truth. Order is established by spoken truths and the only way to know what the truth is is to pay attention to the world. Being more intelligent will make you see better, but it works the other way around as well. Being present and alert trumps mental lockdowns into one’s own rigid “facts”.
You’ll get infinitely more from an hour of paying attention to the person(s) you’re interacting with than from an hour of just speaking what you think and ignoring the subtleties of now. Things develop where personal truths intersect, and most will burn off as dead wood. More brains are actually better than one because each one has a piece of the puzzle needed for the whole picture. If you don’t pay attention you’ll miss the picture and be left holding your own little blue cut-out of the sky, so you can’t see the picture and others are left with an incomplete puzzle. Pay attention!