Getting the point by not concentrating on it.
Paradoxically, continuous partial attention can sometimes provide the basis for
solving problems. Perhaps this can happen because being too focused can
keep our minds from seeing what's actually right there in front of us. When we're
not focused, we're able to see a bigger picture, perhaps view things from a different
As often seems to be the case, one of the best examples of this is provided by
Winnie the Pooh who was able to find Eeyore's tail precisely because he wasn't
listening too intently to Owl. I quoted this particular passage (as to be expected,
in a somewhat different context) almost nine years ago,
and it certainly deserves to be linked to again here.
Go to: Now. Right now!