Untethered Mind


I tethered my mind one day, but by the time I got back, it had wandered off.


This is not the same as losing one’s mind since I roughly know where it is when it managed to untether itself. I get texts every now and then. Credit card statements keep appearing. If I arranged a personal line of credit for it, then who knows where it might end up.

I have noticed that you can meet an old friend or acquaintance and predict fairly well how they will react? They can easily start with a good smile, handshake or hug, make good eye contact and start socializing? I have always admired that quality. I always make a mental list of things to do. Enter, smile, eye contact, ask some personal, but not too personal question, and then finally get on with what my purpose may have been otherwise. Of that short list of five things, I often get the order wrong. Perhaps someday.

I refer to this ability to react within a certain range of emotions or activities as being tethered. Someone you can depend upon to react or think in a certain way. It can be comforting. I seem to have to recall how I reacted or thought previously so as not to throw others too far off their stride.

When writing, always write about what you know. Or so I have read. So, obviously, I should know my own mind best. Or so I would hope. But, then how would anyone else know since I am writing this down.

When does a journey start? I suppose it does start with a single step. But when do you know when you are starting a journey as opposed to stepping out for a carton of milk? Both could be called journeys, but you would be reluctant to mark down the milk journey as being significant. Unless the milk journey turned into a real journey.


A gorged gourge


An ice gorge blocked the gorge.

He gorged upon the gorge.

The artificial gorge in the gorge made his gorge rise.

I never realized how versatile this word gorge could be. What were your first thoughts about this?

If you just finished losing the weight from the US thanksgiving, then you were already primed for the gluttonous gorge.

If you just finished vacationing in a natural area, then you likely thought of the river gorge.

If someone just pissed you off at work, then you likely thought of the anger gorge.

Your most recent experiences likely primed you for what direction to take this latest prompt. I became immediately torn as to what direction to take this latest suggestion.

On Saturday I ate way too much of the wonderful ground turkey pasta sauce I made. But on Tuesday, I researched a walking tour through the grand canyon. I haven’t been angry for at least a month. So my recent history did not prime me in a certain direction.

Your recent past can easily sway what you think now. What you write can show your inner self.

My inner self, as per usual, wants to go in various directions at once. This almost sounds like it is confused. So it goes.