When we ‘master’ a skill set,
we do not conquer it,
or subdue it,
or never have to pay attention to it ever again
Every master of any skill will tell you, with such sincerity that we almost (as trained skeptics) want to believe them, that we/they ‘master’ a skill set—not by dictating to it but by learning how to interact in cooperation with it. And we continue to pay mindful, gentle attention as we do . . . or we’re not so masterful.
Every craftsman, every artist, every scientist, every athlete, every parent, every human who’s ever gotten even somewhat ‘good’ at something knows this in their gut and from their own experiences . . .
. . . but few, thus far, have had any real light shed on this process . . .
We keep stressing about getting this wrong . . . while not really seeing the truth: we’re all actually doing this!!
And that this has been going on . . . and that none of this is actually new . . . it’s simply that we’re bringing new awarenesses to our experiences. At last!! Maybe?
Let’s admit we don’t know what we’re really doing, so trying to do it perfectly is setting ourselves up for failure.
Now, who wants to keep doing that?
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