Pursuing the Prodigiously Empty Mind…

Travel Trilogy, Part I

Recently whilest travelling and reading, I came upon a quotation from Jim Rohn:

“You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with.”

That made me take pause, think, and look at the person next to me, as any good piece of writing should.

It makes sense. In spite of all the devices, windows, apps and gadgets we use to contain that stuff that won’t fit in our heads, we still operate out of our own mental real estate, which is influenced by what we surround it with.

Speaking of the people you spend the most time with, my wife and I are lucky enough to have an almost 9 year old son to share life with in the context of a great family. How this relates, is that our 9 year old took us to see the LEGO movie when it came out.

Another great piece of writing.

If you missed it, here is the plot, as summarized by moviequotesandmore.com:

The story centers on Emmett, an ordinary Lego construction worker, carrying out his daily duties in accordance with the instruction manual provided to all Lego citizens by President Business, an obsessive compulsive tyrannical CEO bent on world domination. A chance encounter with the beautiful WyldStyle leads Emmett to the mythical fellowship, Piece of Resistance, an ancient relic spoken of only in prophecy that can be used to save the Lego citizens from their impending doom. Emmett is then drafted into the fellowship and goes on an epic quest along with an old mystic named Vitruvius, WyldStyle and her boyfriend, Batman to defeat President Business.

How far kid flavored entertainment has come. It not only engages kids and adults, but kind of works as stand alone entertainment even if no kids are present.

Have you seen Despicable Me? If not, you need to.

emmettSo in the LEGO movie, Emmett is just an ordinary working dude, caught up in what is a proportionally epic case of mistaken identity. Emmett is torn as to whether he wants to, or even can pretend to, be The One, or just wanting to go home.

Morgan Freeman (much respect) is the voice of Vitruvius (the mystic), and when he senses Emmett’s reluctance and apparent incompetence to save the LEGO world, he advises:

“Emmet, you had a vision. Normally, Master Builders spend years training themselves to clear their minds of any obstacles to catch even a fleeting glimpse of The Man Upstairs, and yet, your mind is already so prodigiously empty that there is nothing in it to clear away in the first place. With the proper training, you could become a great Master Builder.”

Not to go all Zen or anything, but the empty mind is a fun goal – courtesy of a plot written for kids. And so, I spend time with a nine year old and absorb all of that perception, perspective and life view that I can.

Trilogy Part II: Can you Find your Mind?




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  1. Chris Haught says:

    Great read, look forward to the follow up. I read this last week and it was in the back of my mind as I went about my usual activities. It made me think about where I put my energies and which areas to focus on (or which seeds to sow). And I’ll watch the Lego movie this weekend! Thanks

  2. Tess Wittler says:

    Scott, I echo Chris’ statement. This blog post reminded me of how little “extra” energy we have today and how important it is to allocate it appropriately.

    • Scott Burt says:

      Thanks Tess! I am glad you and Chris stopped by. This is my “off radar” writing venue. And yes, as far as energy, folks generally either drain it or inspire it. Very little in between.

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