Just Thinking

Are you better at thinking or paying attention? 

I suggest that most people are completely inept at thinking, and this ineptitude is demonstrated in ways such as the thinker becoming bogged down or content in his particular thoughts. Perhaps, while thinking, one may believe that it is the thinking over of something which will effectuate some assurance of change to the thing about which is being thought.

Read that sentence again.

Thinkers tend to be talkers because thinkers habitually think out loud. Thinkers tend to interrupt because they are thinking too much about what they will say next. Thinkers tend to be anxious because they believe that their thoughts themselves will be the mechanism of change. Another cause of anxiety among thinkers is that they seldom permit themselves to observe others in a social setting because all of that thinking has a tendency to build restlessness and apprehension at times when observing or paying attention would bring about self-awareness and composure.

Most people are thinkers, but only a few people are very good at it.

I myself have very little skill in the realm of thinking. In fact, I’ve discovered that thinking causes me to become introspective to a fault; thinking causes me to become anxious during conversations; thinking takes me off of my A-game during presentations; thinking causes me to skip tutorials, and thus assemble mechanical things in a disorderly fashion. In other words, thinking causes me to bungle everything up!

However, when I pay attention, then I’m giving myself the freedom to learn.

During a fight, thinking will get you killed; paying attention provides more options more quickly; during a conversation, if I pay attention, then I’m not interrupting because I’m listening. I’m not feeling anxiety wondering how I should respond because my responses flow naturally into my head as a result of paying attention.. Paying attention provides a more compelling motivation for change than does thinking, as solutions are truly being discovered as they emerge rather than being fabricated as they are imagined. Paying attention is passive by nature, and requires very little effort; thinking is exhausting, and can only be done for moments at a time before the subject of your thoughts has completely changed several times over.

Are you better at thinking or paying attention?

Please don’t think too much about it. 


3 thoughts on “Just Thinking

  1. Oh it’s good to see you pop up in feed! “Thinkers tend to be talkers because thinkers habitually think out loud.” I don’t know that I agree with this. I take your point about paying attention–BUT, I know some thinkers who talk very little. I’ve found some of the best listeners are deep thinkers and it takes a good deal of prying to find out how and what they think. I don’t think I’m good at thinking OR paying attention. Waaaaaa.


    1. I had noticed that I miscommunicated that, but didn’t correct it. My intention was to point out the potential pitfalls of a poor thinker who insists on thinking anyway, and then ultimately encourage poor thinkers to become observers who pay attention.
      Thus the sentence should read, “Poor thinkers tend to be talkers…”

      It’s good of you to stop by, and it’s great to hear from you! Believe it or not, I had quietly kept up with your blog from time to time.
      Really, I just browsed through to get your political perspective over the last two years.
      And it seems that political events haven’t left you without words. Ha!
      That being said, it wasn’t political opinion pieces that drew me to your blog originally, thus I should read more of the stories you write that I enjoy so much. When did we first meet on here, 2011? 2012? It’s been a while.
      If I continue to post, it will likely be posts like this. You know, perhaps incomplete thoughts that simply help me clear my head.


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