Sergej: Let's look at the second painting. I call this cultivting competence. There are two sides to doing that that happen simultaneously. The one hand depends on how good you are in minding the moment, in focusing on the parts and the whole as they unfold in real-time. And on the other hand, you depend on how good you are at the skill required in that moment. When you wrote your essay, for example, you needed to be able to focus on the moment, and you needed your writing and argumentation skills at the same time. If you can concentrate in the moment, it helps your argumentation competence to come out well.
Sterre: So the knowledge of the one hand complements the other. Also, with this moment, and by making new knowledge, you use the knowledge you already have.
Sergej: Yes, suppose you are really good at something, But you cannot concentrate. It becomes quite hard to use that skill well. And even if you are not that good at something. If you are able to concentrate well, you could still yield a good performance given where you are at that point in your development.
Sterre: New developments and actions are carried by both hands. When both the knowledge and the concentration are there, you can start. Those hands can carry the whole.
Sergej: Somehow, the hands look like the tree of minding the moment. Was that conscious?
Sterre: No, it was not a conscious choice to have the hands resemble the tree.
Sergej: They also resemble a heart.
Sterre: Unconscious too!
Sergej: Do you like the painting?
Sterre: I like the symbolism of it, but I am not too fond of the painting itself.
Sergej: What would you do different if you were to make it now?
Sterre: I am not sure, it is my own development since I made this that makes me look at it critically now. I would make the hands a bit more realistic. What is it exactly that it represents? It could be clearer.
Sergej: So when you look back at your own development, at some later point, You can say new things about your earlier performance.
Sterre: Indeed!
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