These days, my mind feels locked in a three-way tug-of-war. Aside from adjusting to life with a newborn (we've got 4 now!), my priorities and thoughts are wrapped around three seemingly-separate projects:
homeschooling my kids (an 8 year-old, 6 year-old, and 4 year-old)
making computers better thinking tools
remodeling our home
While these projects may seem separate, they actually fit neatly into three of my life-long passions: learning, thinking, and building. And furthermore, these are not truly distinct domains, but rather integrated parts of a whole and complete human life.
We are all learning constantly. We take in new information, learn new skills, facts, people, ideas. And learning blurs indistinctly into thinking. We apply our cognitive capacity along with the skills and facts we've learned. And what do we apply our cognitive capacities to do, but to build, to create, to manifest our ideas into the world? Learning, thinking, building are all strands of the braided rope we call life. They can't be removed any more than they can be separated.