When Ignorance Is Bliss

And now for something completely different…

This one deals about information overload. It resonated with me. I saw myself in it.

From Navjit Kandola’s blog, Tenderlogic.

From the time I was a tween and right into my twenties and thirties, I gathered information.

Memorizing emergency contact numbers, work numbers for parents, family phone numbers, names and addresses of businesses, etc was not enough. I needed to know/remember as much as I could.

I attempted to commit to memory everything I came across in case I needed it one day. From random facts about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World to how the original Siamese twins were able to make love and raise separate families on two different farms, conjoined as they were.

Emphasis hers. Read the entire post here.

I’ve long been an “information gatherer”. Navjit says,

I thought that if I learned or knew everything that crossed my path, I would never be caught off guard – that somehow the gathered “data” could get me out of tight corners.

I wanted to be able to walk into a conversation at a party and either contribute to the topic being discussed or know enough to ask intelligent questions.

I also realized a long time ago that I can’t keep up with it all and I never remember it all, I remember snippets. And so I’ve tried to focus my knowledge to what I care about.

I am happily gravitating towards not being super informed and still being able to feel whole and worthwhile.

And still, I borrow and buy books, read & bookmark informational blogs and purchase online educational events that I rarely get around to later consuming. I’m so overwhelmed with information overload that Navjit’s newsletter is one of many that I tend to file away to “read later” and then don’t. This time I opened her newsletter the day it was sent, and probably because as soon as I delete one that I’ve read, the next one opens. I’ve got gmail set up that way rather than going back to inbox view when I read and delete or archive.

Still, if I can find a nugget or two that resonates with me, like this post, it stays with me. We use “ignorance” is a negative way so often, but it’s not always a bad thing. I’m comfortable not knowing things, with sticking to what matters to me. And, I can learned if I need to. A day in which I don’t learn something feels empty.

Navjit is a life coach. The tagline of her website is “insight for stargazers and trailblazers”. She’s got some great meditations on her website, including a 1 minute one. I’m a sucker for Australian accents and a lot of voices that I’ve tried to mediate to have turned me off.

[Originally drafted 2 months ago. The new year feels like a good time to click the “Publish” button on this one.]


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