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Carl Rogers

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I’m a magpie for snippets of unrelated info. It makes me appear more intelligent than I actually am, but I think this may be a common characteristics of my generation where information is easily available via the internet.

We know everything about everything but really know nothing about anything. Maybe that’s the only true knowledge there is.

Anyway, one such snippet I came across this morning which might be worth sharing –

Carl Rogers (1901-1987) was one of the most influential psychologists of all time. In one of his 14 books, Client-Centered Therapy: Its Current Practice, Implications, and Theory (1951), he wrote,

“The (human) organism has one basic tendency and striving–to actualize, maintain and enhance the experiencing organism.”

“Actualizing is the basic building block of creativity, whether it’s building a painting or building a company. To be whole, we need to see things develop in front of us. Digging around in the mind is often informative, but digging right into somewhat joyful work is better.”

I added…

To write something that feels as if people knew all along but never actually have seen or read before, that thing of recognizing. (?)

I think it can be roughly summed up as that basically it’s great to think about doing things but thinking is a poor substitute for action. Our real joy lies in action.

This is why I’m continually painting, as these works will testify.

I will leave the last word to the good Mr. Rogers –

“The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” (Carl Rogers)

Happy Wednesday!

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