Wed 9 Sep, 2015 08:36 pm
I am not sure if I tagged this right... Lol Does anyone have an Idea? I have pondered this for several hours today, looked up definitions, and I am still just not certain what it means, or if it means a anything at all. I am meaning as if someone were to say to you, "No more kicking stones.... Insert your name here..."
I think it's just used to note a typical idle activity. Chewing gum just doesn't fit.
there is an idiom about kicking cans down the road
maybe the person using it thought it would work with stones?
Aimless activity. Idling.
Hum... It actually came to me... In my own mind. Lol I have been trying to get back up to walking five miles a day. Walking is kind of a stress reliever for me. Being surrounded by nature has always had a way of helping me to come to a sense of peace when everything appears to be going arry. There's been a lot of stress in the last five months. So while walking, at the same spot every day I would kick a rock...
Kinda like, "Argh... This sucks, so I'm just gonna kick this rock because that's the only thing I CAN do right now." Well, on my walk yesterday I went to do the same thing I have done almost every day for the last month. Kick a rock. Only this time when I lifted my foot up to do it a thought popped into my mind...
"It's time to stop kicking rocks, Robin." (Yes, that's my name.) Well, I completely missed the rock and darn near fell on my hiney! Lol Luckily there was no one around to see... Hehe But then I thought, what does that even mean? Kicking rocks... I looked it up and couldn't find anything except a song written about it and an urban definition that stated it is another way of telling someone to F off.
So then I started evaluating what I thought and wondering if it had ever been, or even could be used in that context. I am not a very well learned person in some ways. I graduated high school. Barely. Never went to college. I hated school. However, I read a LOT as a kid. It was an emotional escape that drew my attention away from the things that were happening around me, and took me to a place I could actually FEEL happy.
When they tested my reading level in the ninth grade I tested at an above college reading level. My brain confuses me a lot. I pop of words or phrases sometimes that I have to look up myself thinking, "Where in the world did that come from?! What does it even mean? Am I using it in the right context? Oh yeah... It does (not always)... How did I know that? Huh... Must have read it somewhere I guess! Lol
"Kicking the stone" refers to Samuel Johnson's refutation of George Berkeley's philosophy of immaterialism:
“After we came out of the church, we stood talking for some time together of Bishop Berkeley’s ingenious sophistry to prove the non-existence of matter, and that every thing in the universe is merely ideal. I observed, that though we are satisfied his doctrine is not true, it is impossible to refute it. I never shall forget the alacrity with which Johnson answered, striking his foot with mighty force against a large stone, till he rebounded from it, ‘I refute it thus.'”(Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, quoted from Wikipedia.)
As a non native speaker masochism came to mind as stones are compact massive objects...unless of course by stones one means pebbles.
I think you are a very reflective and contemplative, reasoning person. And you seem to have a penchant for writing. With practice and some study you're writing will get better and better with time.
We have some similarities. I walk everyday in a wild place, and I like to write.