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March 1st, 2010

At one time, the term woolgathering actually referred to an occupation. The job of a woolgatherer was quite simply to follow a herd of sheep as it moved around the countryside, picking up tufts of wool that had fallen out or snagged on bushes as the animals moved past. The job didn t require much concentration, and the woolgatherer, himself, wandered wherever the sheep decided to go. All aspects of this occupation thus point to an aimlessness that made the phrase the perfect term for a wandering or daydreaming mind. "Quit your woolgathering, and get back to work."