Here is a recent text exchange with a martial arts buddy. He and I usually go to the same tai chi class on Friday mornings, and then stay after class to practice swords. This exchange took place on Wednesday.
Me: Since you are not going to be there on Friday, do you want to go to tai chi in the morning and then play with swords after? If so, I’ll come in the morning instead of Friday morning.
Him: I have time for the swords but not the tai chi. Meet after class? We’re talking Thursday, right?
Me: Right I meant Thursday. Why have I been thinking today is Wednesday all day? Yes Thursday.
Him: It is Wednesday right?
Me: Stop it! What the heck is today?
Him: Wait, I’m serious. Today is Wednesday right? Oh man I’m laughing too hard to text.
Me: Oh that’s right. It is Wednesday today….isn’t it?
Good grief. Can anyone relate? Our brains like to keep us humble. At least my brain does. My daughter says I have the memory of a gnat. She says it with humor and affection, but it is nonetheless true.
Some people are upset about the muddled thinking that sometimes besets their brains, but really, what is there to be upset about? My brain and I have been through many decades together, and for the most part it has served me well. If it needs a break now and then, or if it just has its own devilish sense of humor, then that’s okay.
We can still be friends. Like all friends, we make mistakes. We are less than perfect. Sometimes we do something embarrassing. Sometimes it’s funny. Sometimes not.
This incident with my brain in this text exchange was insignificant in the big scheme of life, but I realized that most things I think are a big deal aren’t really a big deal.
I think my brain was reminding me to lighten up, laugh at myself, and enjoy.
The first step towards true enlightenment is to lighten up on yourself. ~Bashar