Pursuant to yesterday's entry, I've been thinking about not-thinking and not thinking, and the distinction between the two. Not-thinking is purposeful, mindful. It's a mind-opening process, focused and non-judgmental. Not thinking is merely irresponsible, inattentive. It leads to broken dishes, spilled glasses and various other stumbles. At its worst, it leads to car crashes and other disasters.
I try to do as much not-thinking as I can. Instead, I catch myself doing a lot of not thinking.
Thinking is not so bad. I do a lot of that, too. I try to do it, especially, in full consciousness. When I'm not conscious of the process, my thinking goes off in directions of its own, and often off the path. I call that "distraction." A nice word, when you think about it. "Dis", and "traction"...
The mind is a wonderful thing to watch. What just popped into mine is that memorable saying of Dan Quayle's. Remember? "What a terrible thing to have lost one's mind. Or not to have a mind at all. How true that is." He was trying to remember the slogan of the United Negro College Fund: "A Mind is a terrible thing to waste." How true that is.
Which is on my mind this morning. I think.