The other day I was thinking about how I have a strong tendency to give things away as soon as I get them. This has translated to concepts and revelations, epiphanies and the like as social media’s influence tempts us to “think” in posts, blogs, tweets, etc. And so I was pondering how I need to adjust my responses accordingly.
Just after thinking on that compulsion in need of correction, I had the idiom come to mind: “Don’t be a bean counter.” Hmm, strange yet it seemed pronounced and possibly like a God message. So, I considered the meaning and decided to consult with my friend Google on it. (One thing that God knows about me is that I am very curious when it comes to words and sayings, I often go about hunting for them like a lost two carat diamond.) As I was assured I understood the meaning of the phrase I thought, “…hmm, shall I write something about it?”
And then I remembered my previous pondering and considered, “Maybe not. Maybe it’s for you, Annette.”
A bean counter is usually attributed to an astute and obsessive accountant or one doing such work. It also has references to doing meaningless things that consume time without much reward.
I am a cross between being a laissez-faire, laid back type and a “getter-done” revolutionary type. I know I always, and I mean always have something to do—some kind of work, organizing, my own concept developing, or at least cooking, cleaning, yard work, etc. Most of you do as well.
Yet, I am at a new place. A place that says, “let’s do what is important, skip some of the bean counting, and give myself permission to just be, to dream, to think, etc. And, by doing so I believe I will actually be more productive and a greater creative force in my work.
This year I want to bust out a bunch of things. I LOVE MY WORK! I love getting to help people bump out their dreams and visions in conceptual and practical ways. But a person needs time to chill as well.
I’ve mentioned this before, but it is a good thing to take in particular information every day, like solid news, what’s happening in one’s industry, things that inspire, the Word of God, etc. But it is equally as important to take time to think, pray, listen, and dream—and to allow yourself to do something with what comes forth from those meditative times.
Without an excess of hours to do so, like we may imagine the great thinkers such as Plato, lazing around pondering thoughts through to completion, thinking his big mathematical thoughts, presenting and debating, etc.–you may ask, “How, or when?”
How about if we go grab some beans, count out 1,440 and see how many we can gift to ourselves, to dream, think, be still, pray, and listen.
Black, pinto, kidney, garbanzo, or ?—I suggest dried, not canned.