Are You a Disciple of Impulse?
Some people think things through—the rest only think they do.
Not many people trudge up the stairs of thought. Most glide along on escalators of feeling. For many of us, “I don’t feel like doing that” becomes a motivating force in our lives. We’re disciples of impulse.
Granted, it’s a lot easier to follow our feelings than it is to command our thoughts, but it’s best not to allow emotions to guide us. We can follow our heart, but should always balance feelings with sound judgment. Where feelings rule, rational thought is in exile. We need to think things through.
On days when I don’t feel like sitting at my easel to draw—and they are many—I park myself there for several hours anyway. Some days are productive, others are not; but I’m there at the same time, daily. It’s worth it.
The choice to override emotional impulse with mental diligence will eventually pay big dividends to anyone willing to establish a disciplined routine and stay with it.
Make every decision in the house of reason. Keep emotion outside, even when it presses its nose against the window and begs to come in. Remain with the rhythm of your routine. Instead of acting on your feelings, view every feeling as ‘a call to thought’ for you.
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Bruce Garrabrandt & Jeff White