There is no real confidence without experience. What we know without hesitation is the outcome of experience. Everything else is guessing.
To get experience you have to do the thing, the whole thing. You have to go from A to Z, from here to there, from beginning to end. And when you do, you know more, and you are secure in the knowledge of what you know.
Read about fire. Think about fire. Look at pictures of fire. Draw images of fire. Do you know fire?
Stick your hand in fire. You know fire.
Stick a raw potato in fire. Eat a cooked potato. You know fire.
If someone asks, Should I stick my hand in fire?, will you be insecure telling them no? If someone asks, Will fire cook food?, will you wonder if it does? Of course not.
Today’s the day. The last of my good looks fell off. I didn’t have much left and what little remained was totally worn out. I couldn’t even pick it up off the floor as it fell into a giant dust bunny. So that’s it! We just don’t have that asset to work with anymore.
I don’t feel bad. It’s exactly as it should be. I shall continue to try and be somebody that people like to be around and conversely; I shall enjoy my anonymity to the fullest as I move through the world. I like to observe and it’s easier to do that when no one is observing you.
I still have the most important outer garment and that is a smile. A smile makes everyone beautiful.
I’m not talking about money. I’m talking about objects. If you have too many objects they don’t all fit. You start stacking new rows of books in front of old rows of books. Dresses smash too tightly against slacks hiding cute sleeveless shirts. Popsicle molds cover unopened cocktail napkins cover nearly empty plastic satchels of rubber bands. Junk mail hides to-do lists making whole swaths of surface space a desert of utility.
If you can’t see it, you will forget it. Forgetting is, for all practical purposes, the same as not having it at all. Actually it’s worse because it’s robbing you of space. You would be living in a more spacious environment without these invisible space stealers.
What you are conscious of is what you will attend too. Everything else doesn’t exist. Making do with less actually makes everything you have and use a treasure. Real treasure is not an embarrassment of riches but rather the result of conscientious gratitude.