My grandad was a bird watcher, as am I. My feeder attracts a ton of critters. It’s like an oasis in the desert. Our most common “beakless” visitor is the squirrel.
I noticed these little screwballs will stuff their cheeks for over an hour and then bury their treasure just a few feet away from the collection point. I’m sure they have a good reason, but for today’s application – let’s call that behavior “shortsighted” or “senseless.”
Don’t get me wrong, I love squirrels and we are a lot like them. We fill up on knowledge and then data dump the first chance we get. We scarcely get a few feet away from the fountain of knowledge and it is forgotten or esteemed as trash. This is not even taking into account the amount of physical waste we produce (or the number of selfies that are taken to update profile pictures like a revolving door). All this waste is like food in the squirrel’s mouth, there one minute and buried the next. Our so-called “needs” are assuredly short lived!
But I digress, I’m not writing to save the planet. I’m writing to save me and you from mediocrity. I’m writing to increase self-awareness and turn stagnancy into motion, and procrastination into progression. So…go ahead…be a squirrel! Stuff your cheeks with life’s goodness, but do something with it! Use it to fight for the starting job, but unlike the four legged fur balls, don’t drop your nuts!
Rather than take 10 photos today, go through 10 old ones, the ones you’ve already buried. Are you ever going to “eat” those pictures? If they are not in a frame or scrap book by now, will they ever be? What real purpose are they serving?
Instead of buying a new book, read an old book. A squirrel’s buried acorn may produce an oak tree, but the book on your shelf will only grow a layer of dust if you do not digest it. Remember, everything you own – owns you!
“Facts are to the mind
what food is to the body.
On the due digestion
of the former
depend the strength
and wisdom of the one,
just as vigor and health
depend on the other.”
THE CHALLENGE: Pictured above is a small Moleskine notebook that I carry with me. It’s a collection of the best ideas and quotes that I’ve harvested as a result of diligent effort throughout the year. It would be very easy to never read my notes. It would be no sweat to set it on the shelf and crack it open only when boredom strikes. Instead, I refer to it every day. I keep it handy in digital format for a quick search when needed. I used an audio recorder and put it into MP3 format. Occasionally I display quotes inside my house or on dry erase boards. Basically, I’m trying very hard to not “bury” this “cheek full” of wisdom.
You can do this too. It can be school work, a family journal, professional knowledge, anything you need to place more focus on. If you know there is some knowledge you undervalue, give this idea hack a try. I speak from experience when I tell you that this action will increase your personal gratification.