What We’re Doing When We Think We’re Doing Nothing

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  1. A thoughtful piece. I agree, it’s when I’m just ‘pottering around’ as I put it that I come across the most interesting stuff – our autopilot is a pretty good navigator it seems

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  2. Reblogged this on Be Useful For Good and commented:
    A very nice, insightful discussion that relates to the overall purpose of life as a time to learn, to grow, to become more than we were before. “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” Or to paraphrase David O. McKay, it is what you are thinking about (and I would add, doing) when nobody is watching that reveal who and what you really are (and determine what you will become).

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  3. Top stuff Tim. i think there is a Lennon quote along the lines of “life is what happens to us while were making plans.” Don’t know where it is from, saw a translation into Korean of it on a urinal wall in a university while i was teaching a winter camp one year for extra cash to build the guesthouse. It was a bitter pill to swallow reading that & trying to accept it with how tired i was at that time & inbetween having to scoot off to teach brats ABC for an intense 2 weeks of teaching from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. The plan felt the better option but in fact i got to stay with my South African mate Arie, who i had a good laugh with.
    Burton in ‘Under Milk Wood’, just immense.

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  4. I’ve had this experience many times, and you’ve nailed it. The students at the school where I teach are more interested in the reasons for my objection to tinted windows in cars (they find my reasons persuasive) or the reasons for my objection to their use of the N-word (even if they’re African American — again, they find these persuasive), than they are in T. S. Eliot’s _The Wasteland_. The digressions end up being filled with more life, so often.

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  5. It was a bitter pill to swallow reading that & trying to accept it with how tired i was at that time & inbetween having to scoot off to teach brats ABC for an intense 2 weeks of teaching from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. The plan felt the better option but in fact i got to stay with my South African mate Arie, who i had a good laugh with.

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  6. It was a bitter pill to swallow reading that & trying to accept it with how tired i was at that time & inbetween having to scoot off to teach brats ABC for an intense 2 weeks of teaching from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. The plan felt the better option but in fact i got to stay with my South African mate Arie, who i had a good laugh with. It was a bitter pill to swallow reading that & trying to accept it with how tired i was at that time & inbetween having to scoot off to teach brats ABC for an intense 2 weeks of teaching from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. The plan felt the better option but in fact i got to stay with my South African mate Arie, who i had a good laugh with.

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  7. It was a bitter pill to swallow reading that & trying to accept it with how tired i was at that time & inbetween having to scoot off to teach brats ABC for an intense 2 weeks of teaching from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. The plan felt the better option but in fact i got to stay with my South African mate Arie, who i had a good laugh with. It was a bitter pill to swallow reading that & trying to accept it with how tired i was at that time & inbetween having to scoot off to teach brats ABC for an intense 2 weeks of teaching from 8 a.m.- 8 p.m. The plan felt the better option but in fact i got to stay with my South African mate Arie, who i had a good laugh with.

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