Constant Curiosity | #24
Community, Focus & Writing
Hope you’ve been having a great week. Let’s go!
Living in a small town again has reminded me what being a part of a community feels like.
If I take an afternoon walk, I’m greeted by smiling neighbors who know my name.
If I go to a breakfast diner, the server knows my order, and the older gentleman sitting nearby tells me what the town was like back in the 50s.
For thousands of years, early humans only existed in small groups where each person was an integral member of their tribe. In modern society, this is rarely the case.
For instance, I lived in an apartment in California for five years, and never talked to a single neighbor. Eye contact in the hallway was avoided like the plague by all parties.
I can’t help but feel I was missing something deeply important all that time. I was missing the sense of belonging to a place that I care about, and that cares about me.
I’ve grown increasingly convinced that the single most important factor in one’s ability to accomplish goals is the ability to focus deeply.
To engage with a single task in a state of complete stillness.
Our technology and culture have become experts at draining our attention by bombarding us with a dizzying assault of stimuli.
I’ve meticulously crafted my routine and environment so I can enter a state of flow as effortlessly as possible, yet this is still a daily struggle. If I can get 2-3 hours of deep focus on a given day, I’m quite happy.
🖋 Why write?
Writing has an uncanny ability to clarify thinking.
To write is to distill the swirling thoughts of one’s mind into a coherent and linear packet of information.
Thoughts left only in the mind are murky and without clear edges. Putting word to page allows ideas to be evaluated as they stand alone.
That’s all for this week. Thanks for reading, and talk to you next time.