It can be interesting, instructive, and fun, too, to keep an eye on our thoughts once in a while. Sometimes the antics of my mind make me laugh, they really do. They have no relationship to reality at all.

For example, I was sitting in one of my favorite chairs at the coffee shop this week, a foot perched comfortably on another chair, when I noticed an elderly gentleman sitting by himself at an outdoor table in front of the coffee shop.

I’d guess he was about my own age, perhaps a couple of years older.

“Poor man. He looks a bit lost and lonely,” I thought, noticing how he kept gazing with a troubled look on his face at the nearby parking lot. “Perhaps he’s having a difficult time in life.”

Mostly, I like to read, or do a bit of meditating when I’m at the coffee shop. But I also enjoy keeping an eye on the passing scene as I sip my latte.

So after a few minutes reading my book I took another look at the lonely old man sitting at a table outside the window.

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