"Health is a large word. It embraces not the body only, but the mind and spirit as well;...
and not today's pain or pleasure alone, but the whole being and outlook of a man."
~James H. West

Lisa's Blog

But I know this all already!

Lisa Cutforth - Monday, July 26, 2010

Could this saying possibly be true: "To Know and not do, is not yet to know"?

It is amazing to me how much we desire a "fresh message" or a "new approch".  How we longingly keep seeking out THE answer.
I catch myself doing it a lot, I am a seminar junky, I have what one might call an information fetish, I LOVE discovering new things... but sometimes I wonder how much I am actually retaining, how much am I left KNOWING... I do get caught in the trap of... yip... "switching off" because I confuse "hearing something before" with "knowing something".

So it is not suprising to me when I hear the protest from my fellows, participants or from clients "...but I know all this already!"

"What does it mean to know something?" I have caught myself wondering more than once, and "why if I know don't I do?"
 Observing and Hearing are quite different from Knowing.  (And again, motivation for doing... well that is a whole other blog post).

I guess it's like driving a car... you can have grown up beside the best driver in the world, you can have heard all the things involved in being a good driver, steer out of a skid, accelerate out of a corner, use your gears rather than just your breaks when driving down a steep hill.  Don't have your foot on the clutch and the accelerator at the same time, keep your hands at 10 and 2.  You can watch Top Gear and Formula One every chance you get.  Yet, it is not until you sit in that drivers seat and you attempt to co-ordinate all of the actions involved with driving... and pull it off... and it's not until you are comfortable that you have mastered the art (you can get from a to b in a car in one piece) you can really say that you KNOW how to drive.  And arguably EVEN THEN that does not mean you know everything about driving or even that you will be a good driver.

It is the same principle with information.  You may have heard something before, but there is a stark contrast between this and knowing something.  Let's consider the example of healthy eating, you have heard that you need to eat a balance of natural live food (fruits and vegetables), enough good fats, enough proteins, and limit your intake of caffeine, sugar, and alcohol if you want to have vitality (energy and health) in your life.  Unless you put these principles into practice and have experienced them, it is unlikely that you know them,  you merely know OF them. 

I realised that knowing is almost about an intimacy or awareness or ownership and experience of a principle, it does not matter whether you decide it is truth or fallacy. One thing is certain, hearing is not knowing.

The challenge now is to expose the blindspots around knowing, to question that which is seemingly so familiar to the ear it has become "white noise" and mistaken as "known".  Be careful of those assumptions, it is these little truths and answers that are sitting right under your nose, the very ones that cross your path daily, that house the hidden treasure of your dreams.  Awaken to the knowing... by owning them... becoming intimate with them... trying them out... testing them out.

Do I really KNOW this all already?  And if I do, why am I not doing it and experiencing the truth of it?

So "To know and not do, is not yet to know"?  Perhaps it's a little more complicated than that...  we can know and decide not to do... but generally I would agree we need to have experienced something before we can truly know it.

It's time to GIVE IT A TRY!  Implementation and action is part of learning... this is what gets us to the point of KNOWING.  Woohoo, glad we got that one figured out ;o)

Recent Posts


healthy fast food, healthy take away healthy cooking demonstration should I eat organic veggies have fun in the kitchen Laughter and stress is sugar bad 10 % principle weight energy comfort foods feels good muscle wasting health one step at a time Nina Simone have more energy herbal toothpaste do i have to drink milk; where do i get calcium from; non dairy calcium sources fun breast cancer awareness video hot guys calorie controlled diet lunch Sensational quick eating solutions make stress work for you seasonal quick and tasty recipes fresh start skipping meals nutritionist sugar and adhd increasing energy benefits of strength training, why you should strength train christmas prostate cancer quick recipes gluten intolerance getting fit heart disease reducing coffee are frozen veggies any good dangers of multitasking while you eat brain health recipes for allergies breakfast ability to respond fussy eaters wrong type of exercise, exercise and results is chocolate bad for me memory Add new tag taking responsibility fatigue healthy cooking parties improve your memory what is healthy food breast cancer awareness maintain a healthy weight, underweight what is movember sexy salads cholesterol lowering diet life ways to improve prostate health addicted to chocolate healthy wine, healthy beer, healthy alcohol options four questions you must ask your doctor before taking medication nutritionist in brisbane how to check your breasts how to say no pop-eye and spinach soccer, role of team sports in longevity, role of exercise and community in longevity sustainable living, rural development, organic gardening, rampumps, biogas Cancer salad making time to relax overindulge obesity homocysteine diet diary of a nutritionist low calorie diet health for busy people cooking class in brisbane mood reasons to eat foods in season strength I've Got Life sexy salad childrens lunch boxes nutritious indigestion performance I don't get hungry trans fats life choices how to avoid injury during exercise how to love exercise great second hand books healthy shopping healthy cooking party libido allergies recipies benefits of sleeping sugar and add hunger and stress Happiness health pioneers simple 7 day detox plan immune system organic vegetables support your body natural toothpaste nutritious cooking best exercise comfort pig celebrate life fruit high cholesterol happiness course how to avoid doing the right thing and getting the wrong results foods in season, seasonal recipes low calorie meal plan assertiveness Dr Randy Pausch on Oprah dance Lactose intolerance immune boosting tips heart foundation tick explained leaky gut, gut health, symptoms of leaky gut the tummy beast soft drink and behavior problems drugfree alternatives are grains healthy delicious weightloss empty your mind the power to choose taking a break Nutritional Therapist breast cancer prevention focus new year's resolutions success and you music quizz gift health with 10 % effort alzheimers food allergies weight loss nutrition dancing health nutritionists diet diary comfort eating go for 2 and 5 natural alternatives to drugs control time management and healthy living Egg allergy love, loneliness Alan Pease motivation low cholesterol fruit and vegetable shortage recipe cheap fruit and vegetables, what's in season in autumn in australia ask my doctor how to be happy avoiding a choice stress, keys to managing stress, benefits of stress blood pressure what is a good breakfast fresh real food skip meals food intolerances to know and not do is not yet to know relationship with food detox relax sensitivity to milk corporate wellness healthy shopping list happiness workshop soft drink and behaviour problems image which is better for you butter or margarine mobile phones and brain cancer, Dr Teo fun diet diary benefits to keeping a diet diary Lisa's Diary food sensitivities 7 steps to detox cooking with allergies keep focused love food 7 Tips to Lower Your Cholesterol and Protect Your Heart how to get more of exercise anxiety muffins life lessons