A Penny for Your Thoughts

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A Penny for Your Thoughts

One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time.
—André Gide

I had a rough plan for this issue that began to shred almost as soon as I began to write. Up to this point, “Thoughts” had been the working title, but it doesn’t seem like such a good fit anymore. The topics kept drifting away from my initial premise. It was fun, but did it communicate what was intended?

I’m sitting here, flipping through this issue, and “Mechanisms” pops into my head. Sounds more accurate, but kind of cold for a title. Wait! (I just looked it up) Not cold, make that cool!

mech•a•nism  …2. Any system of parts that operate or interact like those of a machine: the mechanism of the solar system. 3. An instrument or process, physical or mental, by which something is done or comes into being…

Is synchronicity a mechanism? How about morphogenetic fields? What about Love? I had planned to focus on these three topics as more of a mind-set than a process, but as the words on these pages attest, synchronicity, morphogenetic fields, and Love played key roles in the processes of writing and living up to these words/ideas/ideals. And, as if to confirm this thought, The Police’s Message in a Bottle just began playing on KFOG once again…

All inquirers had the naïveté
and some had the boldness of amateurs.
—Daniel J. Boorstin / The Discoverers

Normally, being labeled naïve or an amateur would be considered something of a put-down, but when I ran across those words in Boorstin’s book, I immediately identified with them. I imagine there’s a great many learned people who’d consider my work both naïve and amateurish. What do you think?

I’m not asking for your appraisal of my work, that is, I’m not asking for an answer. I am asking what you think of your own thoughts. When you combine the parts of this newsletter that resonate with something inside you, what do you make of your own mind-set? Does it shift? Why? Do you gravitate toward some of these notions? Why? Do some of them repel you? Why? Do you ordinarily ask yourself these questions? And if not, why not?

What are you thinking?

If you act / As you think
The missing link / Synchronicity
—The Police / Synchronicity I


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