Quite recently I was presented with the idea of nonlinear thinking by reading an article on the subject. Loving most things experimental, I was immediately open to the idea. By thinking in a linear fashion, sometimes ideas and opportunities escape us. Many times we can get so caught up in the past or the future that we miss amazing things going on in the present.
I was able to put this new way of thinking to the test recently after meeting someone.
A friend introduced me to an amazing young woman. The young woman was presented to me and constantly identified by time by her friend. First she was identified by her friend by her past(people she dated that I knew) and then by her future(the fact that she was leaving town soon for several months). All of these things seemed as if they were presented to me as deterrents. Had I been thinking in my usual linear fashion, they would have been deterrents. Instead of thinking about the fact that she was leaving soon, I thought about the fact that she was there in the present moment, sitting across from me, beautiful, glowing. During my thought process, the past was easy to push aside because it's gone already and the future is taken with a grain of salt because none of us are promised tomorrow.
Instead of deciding that any short time spent together would be a waste of time, we decided to make the most of the time we did have together. From the moment I saw her I knew that any time with her (long or short) would be better than no time at all.
As a result of changing my way of thinking to the positive and the present, I now have a new reason to look forward to the future and it's endless possibilities while maintaining incredible memories for my new past. I smile when I think of K8:the gift of nonlinear thinking.