Monday, November 17, 2008

Good Thinking Weather

You walk on the trail and your foot sinks in the mud, you see your breath from the cold, and that's about all you can see because of the fog.

But it's a great time to be out hiking, at least if it's an easy trail you've taken a few times before. You can let your mind drift, float over ideas as the river dances over stones and sunken logs. You can settle for half-formed thoughts as vague as the view to the other shore. You may be struggling at a crossroads but neither path entails the true end of the trail, each offers just another turn, one more curve to negotiate along the journey. Sometimes it takes a damp foggy day to see things clearly... and to find peace.
You kneel down to offer a playful dog a moment of your time, and you share a smile with the owner who soon follows from down the trail. No words are needed; anyone can understand the benefit of letting the mind dance once in a while, letting it wander from thought to thought just to see what's on the other side.

That's what comes with good thinking weather.

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