We got up early this morning for our ocean walk and we were greeted by some pretty dense fog. This is unusual for all the times we are in SE Florida but of course you roll with the punches. As we were walking I was thinking about a lot of things including the Jimmy Cliff song, I can see clearly now, but the fog was not gone. Then my mind turned from literal to metaphorical and I went in to different direction so I though I would share my thoughts about the fog of ones mind.
Too Much Information: We have been in construction hell do to the ongoing remodel and no TVs are accessible. It reminded me that too much media can fog the mind and take away all clarity. Without this of course there is the Internet but we have been doing the beach walks without a phone. Sometimes we think every moment has to be filled and it doesn't. I think of the old Buddhist proverb about the egotistical man who heard that a guru knew more than he did. In meeting the guru he asked for some tea with the knowledge and the guru poured the tea but didn't stop. When he protested the guru said I cannot add to a mind that is already full.
The Fog of the "Easy Way": Too often we just don't use the gift of emptiness to allow some crazy ideas to brew. To me no idea is too ridiculous and contains a germ of truth. The fog comes when you only through money at a problem or goal and not vision. In truth doing things like spending a ton on cold leads is not the true easy way, it is the shortcut created by the fog on your mind.
The Future: Leonard Cohen once sang "I have seen the future baby and it's murder. I remember once I was in a depressed place and it was a very bad space. If you asked me can you see the future I would tell you it was like trying to look through pea soup fog. I would occasionally see a flash but it didn't connect to the rest of me. A real estate guru might tell you you just need to try harder to envision your future but my advice is to try a little less. Your vision for the future requires that there is space to breathe, to dream, and to believe. Yes it is frustrating when we don't get instant gratification but this now return me to our walk. For the first two miles it was like what you see above, but as we neared the end of our walk in the other direction it was what you see below. Patience is a virtue and openness is the key. Our ocean walks empty our minds, in fact my wife is there now to relieve the frustrations of things going wrong. Once you can do this and appreciate emptiness rather than stress over it, it is amazing what flows into positive visualization. By the way this can be done with a simple walk through the neighborhood. Now to quote another song by The Who, I can see for miles and mile and mile and miles.