I consider myself a lifelong learner, and while I sometimes suffer from a bit of a “learning addiction,” and often reading or watch something only to find nothing new in the experience, there are also times where I realize that the speaker is actually expressing something familiar to me, but they’re expressing it in a way that puts the entire idea in a new light and context. And I’m starting to feel that there’s real value in seeking out those “other ways of expressing the same idea.” I’m starting to suspect that at the end of the day, it’s very difficult to grasp everything the speaker is “saying.”
I think it’s important to share our experiences, not only so that others might learn, but because writing something down changes it, and writing with a purpose even more so.
It’s a long, difficult road, and even though I’ve it heard many times, from many authors, the true meaning of those words continues to surprise me.
People tend to value strength. Confidence and charisma draw us in like a soothing warmth, while strength & skill fill us with childlike wonder, and a secret dream to become strong and confident ourselves.
“Choose one player. They are now out of the round. They gain no gold and play no cards until their next turn.” I looked up from the card. Allison and Mark were beaming at me, while Chris looked on in horror. It was over. There was nothing he could do.
Recently I had the chance to attend a live talk with Neil Gaiman.
“Digression is the sunshine of narrative,” he said with a laugh, politely reassuring the speaker that no one should ever apologize for digressing.