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How Can I Be Sure?

GC Myers- Last Kind Words

Last Kind Words– Headed to the Principle Gallery

It may be that when we no longer know what to do, we have come to our real work, and that when we no longer know which way to go, we have begun our real journey. The mind that is not baffled is not employed. The impeded stream is the one that sings.

― Wendell Berry

I often wonder about our minds, how they work and how things move in and out of our consciousness. It baffles me.

Take this morning. I go through my process of dressing in the dark of the house, putting on my outerwear for my walk to the studio in the cold in a way that makes me feel like I’m an astronaut about to walk in space.

The morning is cold, though not as cold as the temperatures forecast for the next several days that will go down to around -10°, and the moon is full and now low in the sky. Everything outside is sharply defined in blue and yellow shades of moonlight. The snow sparkles.

It is gorgeous.

As I start walking a song comes into my mind. How Can I Be Sure? by the The Rascals from way back in 1967. I am soon humming and singing the parts I can recall as I trudge along the shoveled trail.

And I begin to wonder why this particular song entered my mind in this early morning darkness. What combination of subtle indicators or observations prompted its arrival at the front of my mind? Is it something left over from the nightly data purge that my brain undergoes while dreaming?

Why this song this morning?

Of course, I don’t know and maybe it doesn’t matter. After all, I enjoyed the song. It seemed to fit the emotional tone of the moment.

Maybe I needed to hear it. Maybe my mind was seeking it before I even knew that I needed to hear it.

Who knows?

Like I said, I am baffled.

Here’s the song. Maybe you need to hear it, as well.

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