QUESTION FOR CONSIDERATION:
If intellect analyzes and prepares in order to mitigate risk, and faith trusts that all actions will be supported by that which is unknown to you, where are you on the scale of intellect and faith? Is there a middle ground by way of informed instinct?
Symptoms of too much intellect:
- deferred action / stuckness
- chronic anxiety (emotional responses to events that haven’t yet happened)
- over-thinking / over-preparing
Symptoms of too much faith:
- chaos / uncalculated action
- potential for following blindly (think cults, autocracies)
- ignores consequences, responsibility, and impact on others
Symptoms of informed instinct:
- when preparation permits progress
- listens to a well-developed gut feeling
- our experiences reflect our ideas
Put this mindset into practice:
Seek to satisfy the intellectual part of you by creating a feedback loop with your actions. Balance faith with reason and experience.
Prepare, then act to demonstrate your faith. Think, then speak to say something worth hearing.