Winnowing Basket And Sieve.


This is a message in Tamil.

What it conveys is:  “The winnowing basket and the sieve are both implements necessary to separate what is needed from what is not.  While the former will remove what is not needed and retain what is needed.  The latter will remove what is needed and retain what should be thrown away. Let us reflect on what our mind is like. The winnowing basket or the sieve?

On reflection, I flatter myself that mine is  mostly like the winnowing basket.  I have trained myself to be like that and to the best of my recollection, I don’t retain the negativity that comes my way, thanks to modern communication methods.

There are however impressions left in the mind from when my mind had been like the sieve which are difficult to remove, due to the impact that they had on me when they were formed.  I am working on them.

What about you?

11 thoughts on “Winnowing Basket And Sieve.”

  1. Hmmm, if I am being honest, I would have to say I take a similar approach. For the most part, my mind is like a winnowing basket but there are times when I allow my mind to act like a sieve. Good news though is that the older I get – the more inclined I am to train my mind to use the winnowing basket approach. After all, I am not getting any younger. Thanks for sharing.

  2. interesting metaphor – quite a lot of the time my winnowing basket is working but it often doesn’t quite catch it all and I find fragile information sliding up through the gaps of mind, reminding that not all has been sieved out of my brain. I will looking at some “thing” and a memory will surface, not always a nice one, and I try and ditch it again…
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  3. Sometimes it’s the sieve as I can be a bit of brooder but mostly and particularly these days it must be the winnowing basket as I hang on to small gems in my day.

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  4. I, too, think I use both depending upon what may be most appropriate. Likely winnowing predominates.

  5. I think my mind is more like the winnowing basket, though like you I also retain the odd completely useless bit of information or entirely random memory.

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