I’m thinking about spider webs and writing. Let’s engage in this playful thought experiment, shall we?
Do a quick search and peruse articles on the Internet about the cognitive benefits of writing and journaling. What you’ll see is a lot of evidence that reflective writing can rewire your brain, along with a host of other therapeutic perks. Cool, no?
The point, when you feel that itching sense to spend some time thinking about stuff, don’t waste it, write it. Say no to aimless thinking. Write to rewire your brain.
Consider how sensibly a spider weaves a web. Putting your fingers to the keyboard and/or pencil to paper can get you in tune with your ‘mind spider’. So when you feel the itch in your mind, it’s probably the spider in your head trying to re-web thoughts in your head. Allow the spider to extend your senses and ensnare insights that fly by.
Allow the spider to extend your linguistic senses by ensnaring the scrumptious ideas that fly by. Now I’ll drag-and-drop a couple of quotes into this post, in a very ant-like manner. It was Francis Bacon who said the following:
“The men of experiment are like the ant, they only collect and use; the reasoners resemble spiders, who make cobwebs out of their own substance.”
I’m telling myself to mull on this: Be less ant-like, more spider-like.
Of course, Bacon went on to say that bees are the best, but that’s a thought for another time. But let me just say, being bee-like takes a team.
Now, before I go, consider the description of fiction as offered by Virginia Woolf:
“a spider’s web, so lightly perhaps, but still attached to life at all four corners.”
With both reason and imagination, let the ‘mind spider’ stretch your mind. Most of what we believe about ourselves is a mesh of fact and fiction, so it’s reasonable to recognize the difference.
In any case, it’s a cute metaphor, don’t you think?