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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Thing To Do Today: change your mind.

So there I was, just getting launched into a nice post about the word worry, when I was stricken with a sudden worry that I'd written about worry before. And it turns out that I have, so I'm going to have to change my mind.

Pity. I was looking forward to sharing the thought that it's possible to be worried about being worried by a dog.

Anyway: changing my mind.

Now. If you know and understand absolutely everything about a subject; if what you know has come from places that are absolutely to be trusted; if Time and Place and the evolving ways of the world will never have any effect on it; if Science can never throw any new light upon it; if sticking to your guns isn't going to make you more of a nuisance than a hero; and, if you aren't mistaking a principle for a fashion, then don't change your mind.

Otherwise, you really will have to move in order to keep up.



Thing To Do Today: change your mind. The word change comes from the Old French changier, from the Latin cambīre, to exchange or barter.


  1. Ah! For once I am ahead of the game! I already changed my mind earlier today. A couple of times!

    I wonder if a dog changes his mind when he's worrying a bone?!

    1. A sign of sanity. Probably. At least, unless it's a sign of madness...

  2. I change my mind at the drop of a hat. Anyone or anything can make me do it! I am the very opposite of stubborn. Some would say: Jellylike! Wobbly. Not firm....I have dug my heels in only once in my life but it was worth it. Should do it more often, maybe!

    1. Ah, but then there's weakness and there's generosity of spirit, Adele: and I've never heard anyone call your weak.