Executive brain on holiday

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I’ve been watching clouds a lot lately. I wouldn’t say my head is in them, but my eyes are in them, following their ever-changing forms.

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I asked Google about clouds, and received numerous links to cloud computing resources. Of course: The Cloud means a very different mass of particles in today’s world.

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Could the information held in internet clouds be compared to the ideas held in one’s imagination cloud? If we give our executive brain function (attentional control) a break, and call on the imagination and salience (attentional flexibility) networks to take over – temporarily – we can let our ideas accumulate and condense.

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Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same  {Ralph Waldo Emerson}

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Then… let the Executive back in for some curation and project management, knowing that plans can change, and probably will. Roll with it.

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How do you know who you are? There are many parts to who you are, so there isn’t one static place. And then, the other part of that is that things keep changing  {Maira Kalman}

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Bad ideas bring depth to the good ones. Go both ways when creating, to arrive at satisfaction, possibly brilliance, both glorious and brief.

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How are we so optimistic, so careful Not to trip and yet Do trip, and then GET up and say O.K. {Maira Kalman via Brain PIckings}

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It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.  {Susan Sontag via Brain Pickings}



5 thoughts on “Executive brain on holiday

  1. Margaret Hogan

    Hi Dawn. Found my way here via Shalavee. We must have been on the same wavelength this week. I’ve had my head in the clouds too. Nice piece. And yes, you’ve got to have the bad to recognise/enjoy/celebrate the good.

    1. Dawn Pearcey Post author

      Thank you for visiting, Margaret! I’ve been up in the clouds for sure, but it’s been a creative sojourn. Goodness, I just read your post ‘Halcyon Days’ and am struck-down captivated. How beautiful – “the rose wash of missingness” will play again and again in my head. Thank you, thank you.

  2. Mike

    the holy grail for me is, and always has been, flexible control…or control flexibility. flexibility control? even the name is problematic. but when to call in the executive ordering function, and when to let the office (productively) go to pot? you can get it wrong either way: hypo- or hyper-chaos, hypo- or hypo-order. it’s a conundrum. attentional dilemma: when to focus the gaze sharply; when to give blurred distraction its due…. mike

    1. Dawn Pearcey Post author

      Goodness – I have a comment and didn’t even know it. My Executive assistant is, well, in the clouds. Thank you Mike! I love it, and agree that “flexibility control” is a fine-tuned beast. It’s akin to the great athletic choke conundrum – how to focus without thinking about focusing. We can only trust our salience manager will help filter out the non-pertinents. Middle management, however…..


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