Updated: Jun 22
In life as in everything else, you can always clean-up the chaos and put things back to order again. The key is to keep coming back to fix things. To keep updating and renovating your skills, so you don’t lose it and have to learn it from scratch again.
I’m lucky enough to make a livelihood from communication and marketing, but my actual education is in Tourism.
I don’t have a normal degree. School was never my cup of tea. I tried, though. I went to Kenyatta University and did Land Survey and Cartography for 2 years. I dropped out. After a few years I joined Nairobi University, studied law, dropped out again. Tried Electrical engineering, but now you know my pattern.
My dad thought I would have been a powerful lawyer. I’d dispute that I would have been a better engineer. I ended up getting an associate degree in tourism management just so I can have that paper that proves I went to school.
Don’t get me wrong, I love learning. I’m a fast and intelligent learner.
I learned the laws of thermodynamics well.
I know right?
But, no, this article is not about endless mathematical equations, it’s about the second law of thermodynamics. Entropy.
Have you ever erected a sandcastle on the beach?
Was it still there when you left it for a few days and went back?
No. I don’t think so.
There is only one combination of sand grains that gives you that castle. But there are a vast number of other alterations of those grains that don’t give you that castle.
Some people say that it’s possible for the wind and waves to move the sand around and still create the shape of your sandcastle. However, that is not workable.
Odds are that nature fashions the sand into something arbitrary.
I have known this phenomenon as entropy, or the measure of discord, if you will.
There are more shifts of disorder than order. That’s how our universe works.
Therefore, you must vacuum every week if you do not want your house to become dusty.
It’s also why a brick disappears under the dust over time if you leave it on the ground.
Why am I talking about this?
I would like you to make that connection between your regular habits, practices, and your everyday life.
I think maybe telling you this will help you form that realization that can help an extraordinary deal in your relationships, your jobs and recognizing how best to manage your life.
Successful relationships call for care and attention. Successful houses involve sanitation and upkeep. Successful teams demand communication and participation.
Without effort, life won’t improve. It will deteriorate. You need to invest conscious effort to maintain it.
That is why you gradually forget a skill if you don’t practice it.
Did you ever learn to play a musical instrument when you were at school? Learn how to dodge your opponents with a football? to touch-type? French? But then you forgot these skills after a while?
The wonderful news is, in life as in everything else, you can always clean-up the chaos and put things back to order again. The key is to keep coming back to fix things. To keep updating and renovating your skills, so you don’t lose it and have to learn it from scratch again.
Even in “maintenance mode” where you do a task well and want to keep it at a suitable level… You must practice maintaining that level.
Practicing a little every day gets you a lot further than doing a big outburst of it occasionally. If your hamstrings are tight, regular physical yoga practice with lots of forward bends will work to loosen them up and help your posture. If your concentration skills are unsatisfactory, then a regular meditation practice of counting your breath will enable you to keep your mind still for longer periods.
So, a little every day improves our competence, is the only reason you wrote all this?
Of course not! How about patience and perseverance?
I wrote all this to remind you, me and everyone affected by Covid19 that; it takes time, forbearance, kindness, and patience to recover. While we wait, let’s work to counter entropy in our lives.
The best way to do this.
Find resources you enjoy and keep working hard.
Thanks for reading :)