The Unlearning and The Always Knowing

Old Maps
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What if we already knew how to be unstoppably, invincibly, gorgeously creative?

What if we’ve always known?

What if, instead of constantly seeking to learn, we pause and give ourselves enough space, time and stillness to listen to and absorb the wisdom we could never find in a book?

What if we started unlearning the routes of counterfeit maps and flawed navigations that have led us off course for so long, and get back to trusting our inner compass?

What if all of this was perfectly possible?

It’s your move. Over to you.


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7 thoughts on “The Unlearning and The Always Knowing”

  1. Couldn’t have put it better Dan. I’m slowly realising that it’s not about reading and learning what other people do – rather discovering for oneself. Like you say “what if I’ve always known?”. Learning from others can be helpful in discovering our creative path but my realisation is that I am my own person, with my own unique creativity and that’s what I am slowly uncovering, through my own unique experiences. Another great post – many thanks. Steve


  2. I agree Steve, I think it’s about learning from others, then taking enough time to let our own knowledge, and our own way of seeing and doing things, seep through.

    Appreciate your comments.


  3. Hi Dan,

    This might be a long comment. I came over from Becoming Minimalist (Joshua’s list of good blogs), and I have been reading through some of your posts this morning over my coffee. You have put into words some of the inner battles I have struggled with my whole adult life…the battle of what the world expects me to do vs. what I want to do.

    For a long time I did what I was told to do: college, full-time job, etc. At first it was exciting, and nice to see that I could be successful at something- even if it was not what I necessarily felt really passionate about.

    But every day there was this nagging in the back of my brain that said, “is this really what you should be doing? Are you even happy spending your days like this? Can you see yourself here in 5 or 10 years?” The answer to all of those questions was No. So, why was I doing it? I didn’t have an answer, really, besides that having a “good job” provided me with money to….to pay for my business trips and the nice clothes I needed to wear to the office every day. :

    True, I learned valuable skills by working in a corporate setting. The time was not a complete waste. But after four years of it, those nagging questions got louder until they were a deafening drone in my mind every day. I finally snapped.

    A few months ago I left my 8-5 job and dedicated myself to all the things in my life that had been neglected while I was in the office all day: cooking (I never knew I love to cook so much, because it was always a chore that had to be done after a long day of work when I was already tired and crabby), sewing (turns out I can make things like pillows and curtains for around the house instead of buying them!), gardening (less grocery shopping!), my husband (amazing how much better we love each other when I’m not unloading all the crap from the office on him every night), photography (whoa! I’m actually kind of artistic), blogging, etc.

    Financially, it wasn’t smart. From the outside, I probably look like a lazy-ass who just couldn’t handle the working life. My parents were very concerned. I felt like I was throwing away my college education. There is major guilt involved with this decision, believe me! But those are the world’s guilts…they don’t have to be mine. I know for certain I was not meant to be at that desk all day every day, and that my life NOW is open and able to take the turns that will make it a worthwhile life, a meaningful life, a creative life, a life well-lived. 🙂


    1. Tonia, thanks for taking the time to leave your comments.

      It’s a familiar story, but what’s not common is the chapter in yours where you decided enough was enough – “those nagging questions got louder until they were a deafening drone in my mind every day”…

      Your courage and determination are really inspiring. Love your point about cooking, I speak to so many people who just see it as ramming some kind of fuel down their throats with the minimum of hassle. Which is how I saw food for a long time. Now, like you, I love preparing meals, and baking, and the activity is both relaxing and therapeutic and of course creative. With food, you inevitably share, so the creativity extends to enhancing your relationships with the people you’re sharing with too.

      I’m going to head over to your blog and read more! I’m glad Joshua Becker was able to introduce us! 🙂


  4. Creativity is disappearing from our societal landscape. We already know, but so much is set up to make us forget. Nice post. Good questions.


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