Day Ten ~ 200 Words

English: There are no symbols that represent s...

English: There are no symbols that represent skepticism. This is one symbol that can be used to represent skepticism, skeptical inquiry, critical thinking, critical inquiry, and truth-seeking. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“Without sacrificing skepticism, I’ve tempered my cynicism, and my world is a little more magical as a result.” – Matthew Hutson

Hutson is the author of “The 7 Laws of Magical Thinking”. I discovered the book sitting on a shelf at the library and was intrigued by the title.   But I was not sure I was committed to reading it until I scanned the second last line (quoted above) in the final chapter. Then I knew I had to read it.

Magical thinking gets me through unstable times. It is the ability to think that there are ways, albeit unknown, to bring back balance. We have all been made aware that “life is not fair” but magical thinking turns that cliché on its head. It provides us with hope and something to believe in outside of  ourselves (even if we are not sure what that is).

Hutson concludes that while magical thinking did not help him discover the meaning of life, it “refined” his thinking about how to  create meaning and how to get out of his head and “see the big picture”, all the while delighting in the “ineffable.”

Succumbing  to the indefinable, we become  more highly evolved.

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  1. “get out of his head and see the big picture”. Wise words.

    • hard to do sometimes – but the big picture is sometimes happier and more welcoming than the little box we sometimes put ourselves in

  2. This is fascinating!

  3. Thank you – you would probably enjoy the book – I am, so far. I love the miixture of science and magical thinking –one is really nothing without the other

  4. You are doing wonderful with the 200 word challenge. Way to go! Maybe it’s magical thinking that made us want to try this new possibility in our writing? 🙂

  5. I think we should both be proud we took this on–thanks so much for the idea–without you I would not have a challenge!

  6. Any way to bring balance and perspective into the day sounds good to me. Thanks for the post!

  7. thanks for dropping by and wishing you some magical thinking

  8. A profound perspective in 200 words. 🙂

  9. thank you Frank – profound – I like that word – wishing you some magical thinking to get you through

  10. I think I need to get that book. Honestly, I think my husband and I have very different world views. He is a cynic and I am a magic thinker. I am hopeful and he leans toward negative. If asked, he says he is a “realist.” It’s hard to fly when you’re a kite tethered to a rock. But he keeps me from flying too far into the clouds. 😉

    Great post. I love how you are able to keep things so short.

    I am all about weaving a looooong story.

    I don’t know how how to keep to 200 words. It would be a good exercise for me.

    • It is not easy sometimes – you leave out things that you think are important to the story but you learn that they may not be as important as you thought.
      I would like to be a balance of you and your husband–solid and slightly flighty (in a good way).

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