I am thinking in metaphors today, something that happens to me often. It works this way: I think of something, and suddenly I am in a completely different place and time. I arrive there by jumping from one slightly related topic to another, faster than I can really understand what is happening.
As I was writing a little blog post for Granny’s Genealogy, I also surveyed my list of things to do. Holy Cow! The list is ever growing. My mind suddenly jumped from the business at hand, to a list item, sewing some things for GD1, and from there to the up coming Labor Day holiday, to World of Bluegrass, to Thanksgiving, to Christmas!
As my head is spinning, I wonder, “What does Christmas has to do with finishing today’s tasks?” The answer, of course, is “nothing”. But my wandering mind is what keeps me from accomplishing what I want to accomplish. In other words, I need to quit thinking and do something. That was never a problem when I was working, I very competently pigeon-holed each task and moved methodically from one to the other. I need to learn to do that again, at least for several hours each morning. I am pretty sure I could accomplish much with discipline like that.
What does a Bill Monroe tune have to do with all this? Heavy traffic is what is running through my mind right now. I can’t write, or type fast enough to express everything. It’s like a merry-go-round that just keeps running and running. I roll by things I want to take a closer look at, or touch, or remember for later, but they just disappear as something else comes into view. I simply can not capture the objects, thoughts or sights, which I would like to refer to later. Crazy.
So, the Monroe tune come to mind, there is some heavy traffic somewhere up there in my head, and if I don’t tame that monster, I will be late!