As the developed world progresses at the speed of knots, burning through more resources and energy than conceivable, a change occurs. Within that developed world is a person who stopped for a moment to think. That person is me, I know there are more people than me who have stopped to think, but it is hard to see them through all the progress whizzing. It is even harder to connect with them when stopping to think on your own for a while. Because you need to be on your own for a while to stop and think. Best anyone can do is tag their thinking so they may connect through the bustle of progress, whilst nudging slowly forwards themselves. Maybe at a point further forward it will all connect?
There are personal concerns and ideals and there are personal priorities that need addressing every day. In relation to the personal ideals and priorities assigned to the individual, there are also collective concerns, ideals and priorities running parallel to the individual existence. Spinning plates, the metaphor to signify this juggling act of balance. Too many plates to spin is where it all goes wrong in having time to stop and think. Sometimes a person has to take all the plates down and work out a better way to arrange and spin them all again.
Personally, I took all my plates down about four years ago, took a long time to take many down, they were glued under contracts and commitments to the sticks they were spinning on. Some of those plates even had to be forcefully broken to take them down. This is where the thinking comes in, I didn’t think before putting up many of those plates to be spun in my balancing act. Never realised they would be so hard to take down when or if I wished to. What I managed to do was enslave myself to be spinning, with no control over how fast that spinning had to go to keep up with progress. Now I have less plates on my rack to spin, it’s easier to see others spinning theirs, but I’m ready to put a few more plates up. The thinking is about which ones to put up and how easy they would be to take down in the future. Also not to end up enslaved again in the spinning making me unproductive with my time. Having spent the time to work out my personal concerns and ideals, these are the qualifier for any plate that goes up on the rack. The approach is to make it a long-term bigger plate, with a thicker stick, rather than dozens of small ones that decrease productivity. This is where I may look slow in comparison, but I’m designing my own plates and sticks.