There’s this concept of loose threads (or loose ends) in film (and muuurder?) where certain details are left unfinished or unresolved.
Loose threads can come from the plot (i.e. We have some loose ends we need to cut) or the film itself, where there are storylines that feels unanswered and left hanging.
These unresolved/unfinished moments happen in our own lives too—good and bad. Let’s start with good threads.
A good thread is what I call anything you put out into the world that’s positive, good-natured or could become an opportunity (for you and-or for others).
The classic example is good karma. Things like anonymously donating to a charity, leaving a tip for a podcaster you enjoy, helping an old lady change her flat tire, etc.
Good threads can also be investments you put out into the world that could bloom. Friendships, work, monetary investments, love, optimism, ideas, etc.
You never know when something you do or something you create will have a massive impact on your life or the lives of others.
That’s why it’s good to try to always be on our A-game and give one hundred percent (with whipped cream on top) to everything we say and do.
What friendships can I invest more in?
What’s an idea I can work on to make it a reality?
Bad threads are unresolved sentiments. Todos left undone.
Things we said (sometimes even bragged about) but never did.
Abandoned or sidetracked dreams.
Projects unfinished. Things we didn’t do but wanted to. Regrets.
There are some bad threads that you can’t pick back up. Bridges burned, reputations tarnished.
Other bad threads are things we leave unfinished and yet still think about often.
These can be super harmful because they can zap our energy—in what we are currently doing AND from what we aren’t doing but wish we were.
And they add up over the years. One thread unravels to two, then three…
I find it good to take some time to think and list out (if any) threads I’ve left open unresolved. After that, it’s a question of if it’s something I need to finish, something I really want to do, or something I should let go of.
What are some projects or ideas left open that I need to resolve?
What are some tasks/favors/opportunities I need to say no to?
What are some things I need to let go of?
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing— Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1653
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