As much as I dislike acronyms, there is one of my own making that keeps popping into my head. It is useful to me and can be pronouced as a word, otherwise I would not give it the time of day. I did a quick search on the web and could not find it, so I figure it is all mine – but you are welcome to borrow it if you wish. It is tiwisidi. In keeping with my standard convention, I write it in lower case as a word.
Think it, Write it, Say it, Do it! Everyone knows that this, at the highest level, is the blueprint for success. So why no-one else is using the acronym is a mystery to me. But let us get to the point. Tiwisidi, applied properly, requires a considerable commitment of time and effort. And time, in particular, is in short supply – unless we are good-for-nothing layabouts whose only purpose is to be prey for the Cyclops.
The most important part of tiwisidi is the bit at the beginning. Without the ti, there is no wisidi. And without the wisidi, there is nothing. So we will focus our attention on the thinking that precedes the manifestation of our ideas. Let us ask: what is the fuel for thinking, the real food for thought? I suggest that it is a composite made from time, food and drink and knowledge. There is also a necessary fourth element that we refer to as the spirit, which provides motivation. This is the life force that impels us towards some goal, powered by an intense interest in an entity, cause, theme or principle.
What we think determines who we are. Our thoughts are private (unless you believe in telepathy). But they eventually manifest themselves in a concrete form and so their ultimate expression is public. Our thoughts are remarkably important – not so much because they finally reveal themselves in some worldly guise but because they make us what we are.
What interests me right now is the time component of the fuel. There are two important temporal questions. How much of our time should we devote to thinking, as opposed to doing (yes, I know the distinction is not always clear, but let’s start from a simple base)? And how should we use our thinking time – what precisely should we think about?
If I were a politician, I would likely choose to think about how I could discredit my opponents. Thankfully I am not engaged in the gruesome business of politics and so I am free to have more constructive thoughts. This freedom is a great thing but brings with it the burden of choice – the need to select from a bewildering array of possibilities, inflated by the information-spewing behemoth known as the Internet.
We need a single guiding principle for directing our thoughts. The Knot Garden tells us that we should start with our beliefs, examining them regularly and measuring how well they line up with our interests. If there is a strong correlation then we can organise our thinking accordingly. This will allow us to live according to what we believe in.
Tiwisidi starts with a thought. We just need to make sure that, out of the infinite range of possibilities, we choose the right one.