Today an interesting quote crossed my social media stratosphere.
“The sign of intelligence is that you are constantly wondering. Idiots are always dead sure about every damn thing they are doing in their life.” ~ Vasudev
Wondering who Vasudev is, I decided to use the power of Google and found out the following:
Jaggi Vasudev, commonly known as Sadhguru, is an Indian yogi, mystic, philanthropist and author of over 100 titles in 8 different languages.
I already have respect for the man. To have published over one hundred titles, that is a commendable achievement to say the least. I know how hard I am struggling to get my first manuscript finished and then after that, ready for submission to publishing houses for consideration.
My parents both encouraged me to have an inquiring mind. My mother nurtured in me an incredible love of reading. As I’ve moved through the different seasons of my life, my tastes have obviously evolved and I’ve grown mentally, but I still ask Why?
Until this quote crossed my path, I always admired people that knew exactly what they were doing, or where they were going. It appeared to me that they had their shit together, that they were focussed. It didn’t for a moment occur to me that their knowing may simply have been permanent stubbornness, or as I have now been enlightened, idiocy. I’m not saying I am not obstinate at times. Some people will tell you that I can be a real ass (and yes, that pun is intended) at times, but more often than not I doubt what I’m doing. I sometimes flog a dead horse to the point where it resurrects itself and then I wonder if questioning my decision is going to result in a different outcome. That though, isn’t intelligence; that is insanity – because by simple definition by one of the most intelligent men that has ever lived, Albert Einstein, “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
Now, you all know I’m a Mid-Thirty-Misfit. What I’d like to know now is am I Insanely Intelligent to boot? Don’t even think to call me an Idiot, because I can honestly say I am not damn sure of everything I’m doing. Most times I am simply winging it.