Lao Tzu said, “To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, remove things every day.”
In my final episode of Season 2, my guest host, JoAnna Bennett, starts the conversation with this quote and asks my thoughts of it in terms of unlearning.
Unlearning is unpacking the thoughts and beliefs that we have held onto and releasing what no longer serves us in order to make space for new thoughts and beliefs. I do see the release as a type of wisdom as it is emotionally harder to let go of things than it is to acquire new things.
There is probably a greater message of removing all kinds of things – physical, emotional, psychic, and so on. I know physical things is something that is very hard for me to detach from. Perhaps if I posit it as wisdom when I throw away something that has expired its useful life or is no longer working, I will actually release it.
A daily practice challenges the person who creates on “inspiration.” We have to mother everyday, and ultimately, it is the daily grind that gives us perspective, clarity and the “high’s” of motherhood. I am exploring if the same happens when I write everyday on the topics that normally light me up – motherhood, self-development, healing and creating. Sign up here to receive those thought nuggets in your inbox on the daily.