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What do you think about all day?

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 16 July 2012



What do you think about all day?
WeblogGurteen Knowledge Log
Knowledge LetterAppears in the Gurteen Knowledge Letter issue: 145
Posted DateMonday 16 July 2012 12:51 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
PeopleHenry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is one of my favourite quotes from Ralph Waldo Emerson

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

Whenever I am in the shower, walking, driving or sitting relaxing my mind wanders in thought and often I try to catch myself doing this and observe the nature of those thoughts.

What I have learnt is that my mid flits around at times quite aimlessly. I suspect that's the nature of all minds.

When I do this and observe my mind (I still find it amazing we have the ability to do this) I think of Emerson's quote and try to pull my thoughts back to the important things in my life.

Which reminds me of another quote from Henry David Thoreau who was mentored by Emerson.

Our life is frittered away by detail ... Simplify, Simplify.

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