Flexible Thoughts

Growing Beyond the Secure and Familiar...

June 19, 2005

I wake full of thoughts. I much enjoyed yesterday's games night. So fascinating, the types of intelligences. One is very good at Boggle, assembling the long words to achieve amazing scores. I have an ease with that game for finding the short words. I am madly scribbling, my hawk eye brain seeing lots of them. But the long word finder beat me handily. However, I was slow of brain with Trivial Pursuit, while others knew all that trivia. I marvel at the capacity of these folks to hold all that knowledge in their heads. Julia's one of the ones who are good at that. She can rattle off obscure facts all the day long.

I accumulate knowledge slowly. I read slowly. I have to really chew the text to be able to absorb its knowledge.

I've come to the conclusion that I am not shy at all. I like being around people. I like the dynamic interchanges that occur when people of such differing talents come together. I'm keenly interested in people and what makes them tick. I enjoy what I am able to add to the conversations. I just have the slow brain, that is processing huge amounts of data. In the face to face, there is so much information to process. Via the written word, there is very little. Everything must come through in the shading of subtle nuances of word-meaning. It is the hawk eye brain that can find these subtleties.

One thing is a joyful thought. What ever my skills are in a certain arena, I can improve. I don't feel bad that I am not good at all skills, as I used to. That was an old me that used to sorrow over that, and she no longer exists . I relax, take things as they come, am patient with myself. This is a change I welcome and embrace. Life continues to amaze me with all its possibilities for growth.

When I went to the THOUGHT OF THE DAY, I found an interesting quote, quite applicable to this morning's thoughts:

The task we must set for ourselves is not to feel secure, but to be able to tolerate insecurity.

Erich Fromm

As I grow older, I am more able to tolerate insecurity.

Another thought I find also relates:

All growth is a leap in the dark, a spontaneous unpremeditated act without the benefit of experience.

Henry Miller

That leaping in the dark is what makes us feel so insecure. All the familiar bridgework of comfort is not visible. We're not certain where we'll land. One thing is certain, if we look at life as an adventure, and expect the unexpected, we'll have the flexibility to make our navigations easier.

All the people who immigrate to a foreign land certainly take a BIG 'leap in the dark', as they can only imagine what will greet them. With that said, I share some more of my NYC pictures:


Ellis island, among the first sights of many newcomers to America


Twelve million immigrants arrived here in the early twentieth century.


Lady Liberty, who greeted those brave voyagers...

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