If you’re not in charge of what you’re thinking, just what ARE you in charge of?
A recent interview with Monty Panesar reads like a philosophical follow-up to MS Dhoni’s comments that led us to ask: Do you control the mind or does the mind control you?
“My mind was thinking of so many things and I couldn’t actually take many wickets.”
It’s hard in that situation. What do you do? Do you shout at the mind? Tell it to belt up and stop getting distracted? Panesar has somehow managed to get a grip on the situation. Since going to play for Highveld Lions, he says:
“I’ve been responsible for my own thinking and also for my own decision-making.”
No-one wants to be a mere puppet with the mind pulling the strings.