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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Mental Blocks

When you were very young, what did you expect adulthood to be like? (Serendipity Bible 10th Anniversary Edition, page 1046). 

When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me (1 Corinthians 13:11).

Nat King Cole sings of the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. There are in our existence spots of time in which the future seems very remote and lies beyond a comforting mental block. Now at 68, I am in a spot of time in which death though closer than ever seems remote as ever. This is similar to when I was a child and faced adulthood. It all seemed so remote, hardly worth thinking about. Oh sure, I knew that sooner or later I would need to get a job and take on adult responsibilities – but somehow it always seemed safely and dismissively remote. This is no doubt why people sometimes struggle with the delusional spots of time that credit provides. Even a month away when the bill will be inevitably due seems far away and safely beyond a gauzy divide—in a remarkable sense, unreal. The focus on today is perhaps the way it should be so long as it does not lull us into actions or inactions that because of mental blocks enslave us in the future.

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