When you’re thinking, you internally articulate some of your thoughts in full while leaving others unfinished.
The ones that you articulate in full, you learn from and use to guide your actions. You should therefore fully articulate as many of your important thoughts as you can.
However, leaving a thought unfinished isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You can anticipate the conclusion of some thoughts without having to fully articulate them, and others just aren’t important enough to warrant full articulation.
The danger lies in those thoughts that you leave unfinished despite knowing that they’re important, and despite not knowing their conclusion. When you do this, it’s often because you’re trying to ignore the reality that you anticipate a fully articulated thought will show you in order to protect yourself from short term pain.
But it’s exactly those thoughts which, if you force yourself to fully articulate them, enable you to achieve the greatest progress after fighting through the pain.
All that you feel has been felt before. Depending on the feeling, somewhere between hundreds and billions of people have felt it and its variations before. And many more will feel it in the future.
Seeing this helps you keep things in perspective.
But you can only feel what you feel as an individual. You cannot access the feelings of those that came before you, those that will come after you, or those lives with whom your life overlaps. So, from your perspective, your feelings are uniquely meaningful.
Seeing this helps you immerse yourself in all that life has to offer.
Something might feel amazing in the moment.
Something else might feel liberating.
Something else might feel unbearable.
And something else might feel infuriating.
No matter the feeling, when you look back at the moment sufficiently later in time (the stronger the initial feeling, the longer the necessary time), it’s always with a smile.
Most days, the feelings you experience are similar to feelings you’ve experienced before. They’re small variations on these past feelings.
Such feelings are very valuable. They give life meaning.
However, every once in a while, there comes a day when you experience a feeling that you haven’t experienced before. The feeling isn’t a variation of an earlier feeling but something completely new.
Such feelings, whether positive or negative in the moment, expand your mind and offer a new way of looking at and thinking about the world. They are life defining.