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Seriously. Throughout the day, unless we’re watching TV or scrolling through our phones, our minds are somehow actively engaged, thinking about something. It could be as mundane as whether we have enough laundry soap to do a load.
Too often, these days, it’s about the next shoe that is going to drop, whether the information we’re thinking about is true, or not. What freedoms will the governor dispense with today? What’s the latest announcement from our nation’s friendly doctor? Is it three masks we’re supposed to wear this afternoon? Or was that our third booster shot the actor behind the desk was talking about?
Tornadoes, terrorists, diseases, stock market fluctuations, Lady Gaga’s dogs.
If we don’t watch ourselves, little of what assaults our minds and psyches is positive, creative, healing, wise, good, or a means of enriching who and what we are. It simply invokes fear, anxiety, bitterness, worry, anger, angst, and a sense of helplessness and despair – and none of these emotions are worth making a part of our daily life.
The four friends in Gone Sailing are thinking about things worth thinking about – namely, each doing his part in keeping the boat afloat and heading toward their destination. It is a pleasant time of togetherness and cooperation – a literal interpretation of everybody being in the same boat – with the same goal of keeping that boat moving forward.
Each task requires the skill of their hands, the concentration of their minds, their working together, and there is great satisfaction in thoughts and actions like these. This is not the mindless staring at a screen in a dark room, but the actual and verifiable living of one’s life – doing something useful and fun.
Doesn’t that sound like a worthy goal in life – to do something useful, fun, satisfying, and good? It starts by thinking about . . . what we think about.
September 29th, 2021
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