The irrepressible urge to do justice to one’s own intellect differentiates the great from the good. It’s like that inner voice that won’t leave us alone. Something that tells us from deep inside that we are cut for a higher purpose that is being currently denied unjustly. Go, get it!
To know that purpose, we will have to cut through a lot of clutter. There is way too much garbage – in the form of irrelevant information – that clogs our minds. Sherlock Holmes’ concept of not allowing even particular knowledge, which may not be useful, to be accumulated needlessly, is a guideline. Then there is Lin Yutang: “Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials”. Free up memory to store much needed stuff.
Those of us who dare to be different and desire to rise above mediocrity, would also not fight shy of side-stepping from and eliminating needless relationships, commitments, transactions, social visits and such issues that are no longer meaningful, once the vision is set clear. It’s likely that this approach may meet with hostility, scorn or even ridicule. The spirit of the injunction in Taittiriya Upanishad is to be involved only with those which are necessary and not any other. Learn to junk stuff and just deal with essentials – what is to be done today. Knocking stuff off relieves a lot of you.
When you’re done, see whether the sky has fallen. See whether you’ve terminally fallen behind competition or lost ground in your career progression. Check out if your worst fears have come to pass.
They must have.