Whatever I’m thinking, feeling, or remembering at any moment is reflected in my writing, in my action, and my speech. Each post is a snapshot of a larger story.
When you read what I am writing you aren’t just getting a narrow viewpoint, you are getting the whole of my being. Whatever I had for breakfast that morning, whether or not my car broke down on the way to work, or if I had a fight with my girlfriend.
You leave traces of yourself in your writing, in your behavior. If someone is skilled enough, they may be able to read it. They can say your tone of voice at this point shows anger, or that the short, abrupt sentences here express depression.
Moment In Time
You write a blog, you play with friends, you communicate with family. So often we think we aren’t giving people the whole story, as if we are walking around with a mask, unable to reveal ourselves at any moment.
This is untrue. The mask is part of the story, there for a particular reason. We are showing everyone our whole story at all times. The stain on our shirt, the tan lines on our forehead, the smile on our face.
We are walking novels. Only those that are willing to read the text really observe who we are.
Understanding a Person’s Thinking
You understand a person the same way you understand a novelist’s ideas; you read more. One book does not tell you what the person is thinking overall. They were at a particular point in their life when they wrote it. Those quirky characters show they were in a rebellious stage. These short chapters indicate the inability to focus.
You need more than one instance. You have to follow the person around. Be willing to go where they go, see what they see.
Each of their actions is a snapshot, a line from the book. When we think, we do so connected to a context, a problem, a solution.
The same could be said of understanding ourselves.