“Mind Like Water”
For as long as I can remember, I have been an ambitious person. I guess it’s not the worst thing in the world to have drive, to have desires, to have a sense of direction. Some people claim that it’s a very appealing quality. But lately I’ve had this little whisper in my soul that there must be a better way to “do life” other than to merely be driven by ambition.
If you’re like me, you have a lot going on. (You might be squeezing in the time it takes to read this blog between all kinds of various commitments that you have. If that’s the case, I thank you for taking your valuable time to read it.) In the book, “Getting Things Done”, author David Allen says, that we can live in the complete present tense, stress free and productive. He calls it having a “mind like water,” which basically means having the ability to exist and thrive without having a bunch on your mind. Free flowing like water. The idea is to maintain a productive and happy life without being weighed down by your pending obligations. It’s not a question of ‘how can I avoid my obligations’, but rather ‘how can I avoid thinking about all of them’ and just dial into the most important things. Considering how much I have going on, this is an extremely attractive idea.
You see, my ancestors over the last 200-300 years weren’t of any particular royalty or intellectual scholarship. They were farmers: men of the land. They worked with their hands and planted crops. They had two options: pray to God for rain, or perish.
Simple. Potent. Powerful.
It’s strange, but I envy them and their simple way of life. I probably wouldn’t trade my life for theirs, but I can learn from them, and grow in my understanding of what it means to be alive, to “do life,” in the 21st century.
We live in a different time, one where we have more but risk enjoying it less.
To have a mind like water sounds like a funny statement, doesn’t it? (“Snatch the coin out of my hand young grasshoppa.”) But, to me, it’s a powerful thought.
I’m on a quest for music, life, love and adventure. I’m captain Jack Sparrow, and I know which way my compass points. In this journey of mine, each day brings new challenges and new obstacles. But, I have begun to see that with each day comes new beauty and new possibility.
Today, my challenge is this: (And I invite you to take it with me)
Have a mind “like water.” Be here.