"From this hour I ordain myself loos'd of limits and imaginary lines, going where I list, my own master total and absolute, Listening to others, considering well what they say, Pausing, searching, receiving, contemplating, Gently, but with undeniable will, divesting myself of the holds that would hold me."
Walt Whitman (1819-92)
"When I look back now over my life and call to mind what I might have had simply for taking and did not take, my heart is like to break."
Akhenaton (d. c.1354 BC)
And now, the current weather, from some random person we pulled off the street:
Friday, April 11, 2003
What's good for kids is good for grown ups too
con-cep-tion Function: noun
Etymology: Middle English concepcioun, from Old French conception, from Latin conception-, conceptio, from concipere
Date: 14th century
1 : the originating of something in the mind
2 : where wrong thoughts come from
My friend Jennifer just sent me a link to a site that had this article on it. The article is about how to correct Thought Errors (caps intentional) in children, but the topic applies to grown ups too. Everyone I know has problems with this stuff to some degree.
It outlines nine types of thought errors that can sidetrack a person into bad conclusions, sometimes with disastrous results. People who have what I have can be more susceptable to these than normal people, it seems, so we need to learn how to control them even more rigidly.
I'm thinking back to yesterday here, and I see several good examples where I could have used this.
It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.
Aristotle (384 BC - 322 BC)