The Mind is a Flibbertigibbet

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“The Mind is a Flibbertigibbet”

A Poem About Living for Now for Tomorrow

By Jane Tawel

May 18, 2020

*

There’s so much static in my brain,

It really gives my heart a pain.

Like flotsam, jetsam, bits of junk,

The thoughts skip by like naughty punks.

I offer to you, J’s Exhibit,

Of my mind, “Case Flibbertigibbet”.

*

Like gnats that bite at things I’m wishing,

For Future’s goals I’m always fishing.

And even when I tell myself,

Tomorrow’s plans must still stay shelved,

I waste the joy in presently,

To try to shape my destiny.

I lose today’s respite and laughter,

By hankering for a blank hereafter.

Could anything less real be dafter?

*

The Past talks trash and keeps on dissing,

With memories, in action missing.

The people, places, faces, finds,

Just roam like vultures through my mind.

They pick and swoop ‘til I’m afraid,

These flashbacks will never decay.

The Past will always be at most,

As insubstantial as a ghost.

It’s best to let my yesterdays

Inform and shape my current ways,

But not to let them roam unchecked,

And joy and purpose, now infect.

For Yesterdays only provide,

Real meaning if we let them guide,

Our current choices and our options,

for Tomorrow’s new adoptions,

of a Life– no matter how small–

that makes a better World for All.

*

So, Now’s the Time I must stop whinging,

And on the negative stop binging.

I’ll give my thoughts a well-earned rest

And focus on the good and best,

Which are not found within my brain,

But in the organ where Love reigns.

The heart’s the true and only center,

Where bad and good can freely enter,

But I decide what I’ll let stay,

Within my heart and soul today.

*

 

My mind can be so adolescent,

I must involve a deeper Essence.

I’ll stop my endless overthinking,

And to my better self, start linking,

Remembered joy and future hopes

But not false dreams or sulky mopes.

Each day I walk a thin tight-rope,

To love, and act, and sometimes cope,

With thoughts that can be used as leeches,

To heal, and grow in all Life teaches.

*

The best’s begun with just a start,

At firing up my loving heart.

Then I delight in fair Creation,

And wallow in imagination,

Of what the world can truly be,

And sometimes letting go is key.

And sometimes we must take a stand,

For Future’s sake, we do need plans.

But there’s a fine line, if I’m truthful,

Between thoughts petty or thoughts useful.

So if I start with my mind emptied,

Of dross, then I will not be tempted,

To focus on the new or old,

But cling to only Today’s gold.

*

The way to change my attitude,

Is by some focused gratitude,

For all I have, am, and believe,

About the meaning of what we’ve,

As human beings have achieved;

And what we’ll dream and do once more,

If only each of us cares for,

The Goodness we can find right now.

If we put our hands to the plow,

And water, plant, and weed and furrow–

Why then, we’ll have a bright Tomorrow.

*

So off you go flibbertigibbet,

Until the next time that you visit,

When I’ll be ready to do my part,

To help my mind with stronger heart.

*

May your thoughts Today be turned to gold, and your hopes for the Future rest in your great ability to feel loved and to do Good.  Be safe, be sane, be hopeful — Jane

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Jane Tawel

Still not old enough to know better. I root around and explore ideas in philosophy, spirituality, poetry, Judeo-Christian Worldview, family, relationships, and art. Often torn between encouragement & self-directed chastisement, I may sputter, but I still keep trying to move forward.

5 thoughts on “The Mind is a Flibbertigibbet”

  1. I think most creative minds are like that Jane, it’s probably why your writing is so good because your mind is constantly analysing and thinking of things to come. Your mind is always planting seeds ready for new growth. Nice poem Jane,

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  2. lensdailydiary — As always, you humble me and I am so grateful for your kind comments and insightful ideas. Thank you so much for always commenting in ways that “grow more seeds”. May delight meet you coming, Jane

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  3. You explained the thoughts of the mind on point. I have been having this question quite lately which is that we all keep on thinking about the future like you said and never really show gratitude what we have with us in the present except for a few moments when just suddenly tell our mind be happy with what you have. But then we again go on to think what about tomorrow, a week later then 5 years later? Is it the society or the human mind is designed to think that way?

    Best wishes from The Strong Traveller and have a great day.

    Do have a look at my blog whenever you find the time. There are some travel and lifestyle content which you may find interesting. Your thoughts will surely be very valuable. Stay connected. 🙂

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    1. The Strong Traveller: Yes, it is a conundrum, isn’t it? My own belief system implies that we are, in a mysterious way, to keep the past, the present, and the best possible future, continually juggling in our souls and thoughts– like a magician with bowling pins. I write as someone who has grown up in a nation (America) that seems to have lost sight of the importance of all three — past, present, and future. Even during this time of world-wide pandemic, the jury is out on whether our particular culture will survive by remembering the past, embracing the moment, and planning for a better future for all. I think my poem, though, is about the struggles as individuals we have with focusing on the small and too often useless elements of those three things and not the grander, more important, communal, and changing elements. And P.S. — I enjoy your posts on your blog very much, where the past, present, and future are seen through the eyes of the traveler — not only a good reality when it happens, but a good metaphor for every day. Travel well. Jane

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