“Better to understand a little than to misunderstand a lot.” ~Unknown
When I read this quote, a lot of questions starting running though my head:
What does this say about perfectionist tendencies?
How does limiting the scope of what we do help to accomplish what is important?
How does focusing on becoming better in a few areas, rather than many, help us feel more successful?
How does doing too much lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed?
How can we apply, “need to know basis,” to what we choose to focus on at any one time?
I am sure that I could come up with more questions, but I think that is enough for now. What other questions occur to you?
What really resonated for me is that there is an incredible amount of stimuli that could pull us in many different directions, if we allow this to happen. Hmm, is this, perhaps, an understatement? Anyway, for adults with ADHD, the challenge is to create systems and use tools that help to maintain our focus on what we really want to understand.
Do we really want to spend time on Facebook, for example, in order to understand what all of the people in our social network are doing?
As long as the choice is intentional, with the understanding that there is a trade off, time on Facebook can be fun and a nice way to connect. Time spent doing this may mean not having the time and space to understand how or what to do in other areas of your life, though.