There's A Hole In My Bucket

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Picture: taken by me at Doug Up On Bourke

How do you capture a thought? OK, so you start with a butterfly net with very tiny holes. This line of thinking has the potential to become very BFG*. But following on from a previous post about escaping thoughts, it seemed worth considering. Maybe not for long, but still. I always find that thoughts come along when I'm supposed to be doing something else. Just like nothing fills the brain like trying to mediate or be mindful (it's like if somebody tells you repeatedly not to think about elephants, whatever you do... it's then impossible to do anything else), nothing clears the brain more than an empty page. Or screen.

The idea of keeping a note pad by the side of the bed is all well and good until you wake yourself up repeatedly while trying to remember and express things. It seems to be most useful to find something to do that isn't really doing something. The inconvenience of writing stuff down while doing said activity is inversely related to how many thoughts it helps produce. Showering seems to fit this bill perfectly. Heaps of ideas. Nowhere to write them down. Harrumph.

* And the BFG now always makes me think of the GFC (well, really more the other way round), ever since there has been such a disagreeable thing...

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