Little kids have these connect the dot puzzles.
When they are learning the ABC’s or their numbers, they have a shape.
But in order to see what the shape is, they have to connect the dots in the right order.
As adults, we use that expression, “connect the dots” a lot.
It usually means to see or understand what is not obvious.
For example, a book might be described as being, “interesting, but you have to connect the dots.”
Meaning you’ve got to take the individual points expressed in the book, and combine them into a “meta” understanding.
Interesting that we use the same words “dots” to represent physical dots, and “points” to represent an abstract and singular concept.
Two things that sound the same, and when you “connect” them, mean the same.
One one level (with kids and dots) you end up with a picture of a dinosaur.
But on another level (with adults and points) you get a bigger “picture” of a deep and complicated concept.
When you are a kid, you learn to combine things to make different things.
(E.g. blue and yellow makes green).
When you are an adult, you learn to combine ideas to make bigger and more complicated ideas.
When you are a kid, you learn to operate on physical things.
Tying your shoes, riding a bike, making toast.
When you are an adult, you learn to operate on intangible ideas, and put them together to make bigger, more powerful intangible ideas.
That time when you were mixing stuff together just to see what would happen?
(And probably got yelled at)
This was practice for growing up and combining ideas together, just to see what would happen.
Strangely enough, if you mix the wrong ideas together, you’ll STILL get yelled at.
Luckily you can practice in your mind.
The great laboratory with no limits.
Everybody can do this.
But most people WASTE their vast inner laboratory space.
They let OTHER THINGS fill their brain.
TV, social media, whatever the latest celebrities are up to.
But you don’t have to.
You can try on new ideas, that will make new behaviors exciting an interesting.
Behaviors that can get you paid and significantly enhance your REAL social experience.
Not the “fake” social “media” experience people are addicted to these days.
It all starts inside your mind.
When YOU decide to control your thoughts.