indulgence in aimless thought or dreamy imagining; absentmindedness.
synonyms: daydreaming, building castles in the air, reverie, musing, abstraction, preoccupation, brown study.
The term woolgathering once referred to the act of roaming fields on a pasture to gather loose pieces of wool that had gotten caught in fences, bushes, or the like. At some point, it became a way to refer to the reveries of a wandering mind–the implication being that such wandering was ultimately unproductive. This newsletter exists as a challenge to that sentiment. Some of the best insights I’ve had come from my wandering mind. Here, I share them–and others–with you.
Each week–for the most part–I craft an email meant to help make you step back and think a bit. In it, I include a brief reflection on a broader topic to help stimulate your thought process. I also include links to newer pieces of writing I’ve crafted, as well as interesting links to other writing around the Internet.
Below is a selected archive of Woolgathering. If you like what you read, and are not already subscribed, please consider doing so here.