What Do You Think?

Do You Think?

Strange question, yes.  And worth repeating.

Do you think?

I’ll give you a minute to think about that question.  (take your time, it’ll only take you 1 minute to read today’s short post.  I’m doing it on purpose, so you have time to think).

(Long, pregnant pause while you think about how much you think)

(Keep thinking, it can take some practice if you haven’t done it for a while)

Think About It

It’s important to think.  Just as exercise for our body is good, exercise for the mind is something we should intentionally pursue.  As we age, and move out of the workplace (forced thinking?), it’s important to find something new to think about.  I think.  A lot.

Perhaps too much.

After 53 years, I’ve learned to live with my active mind, and have decided to embrace this personality quirk of mine. I think it’s a blessing to have a mind that likes to think.  Perhaps, I just think about it too much.

How do you exercise your mind?

Today’s post will be different than most.  I’m know for my “full length” content, and love to really dig into topics that interest me.  It works for me, and it seems to appeal to you (my readership is growing, to which I extend sincere gratitude to each of you, my readers).

Today, I’m trying something new.

Oh yes, I had a lengthy “draft” post here for several weeks, filled with lots of notes about what I was going to include in this post about “thinking”.  I just deleted 6 paragraphs of notes (don’t panic, I actually cut/pasted the thoughts into another draft….if you like this post, let me know and I’ll resurrect the notes into a lengthy post, I’ve already saved a new draft titled “My Thoughts On Thinking”).

I’m keeping this short today.  On purpose.  Because I’ve been thinking about it.

“Mix it up”, me thinks.

“Learn how to make an infographic“, me thinks.

“Never stop challenging yourself“, me thinks.

“Write a short post, as a challenge”, me thinks.

 

thinking

Writing Forces Me To Think

I started this blog on April 12, 2015, because I thought I would enjoy writing.  After 1 1/2 years, I thought I did, in fact, love writing.

But after thinking about it for today’s post, I realized what I really love is THINKING.

Writing forces you to think.  THAT’s why I love writing.   It’s not the writing I love, it’s the thinking.  And writing forces me to THINK.

Find Something That Makes You Think

Regardless of which stage you’re at in life, find something to make you think.

A Short Post, With A Short Conclusion

There you have it.  A new approach today.  A record short post, at only 493 words!

Just giving you something to think about….

 

PS – Leave your thoughts – if you’d like a longer post with “My Thoughts On Thinking”, let me know.  I’ve already got 6 paragraphs of thoughts on the topic, safe in a draft.  Ready to ponder on, just say the word….

 

24 comments

  1. Do share those additional 6 paragraphs and add a few more while you’re at it. I love your thoughts, Fritz. I think way too much. More meditation might help. It’s good to be “deep” but at some point there’s no ROI for me. Writing can be therapeutic when you’re a heavy thinker. Is that true for you too?

  2. Bring on the longer post. My wife is a heavy thinker. Her brain just doesn’t turn off. Thinking too much causes me to withdraw and not want to think. I like to solve programming problems, like to think abut what I read, but I also like to just have solitude where I don’t have to think.

  3. Fritz, I think you’re on to something. I’ve always said that I hated writing, particularly in college when there were minimum word and paragraph limits and such. I think what I like about blogging is that it’s essentially an unconstrained thought that I can put in a share-a-ble format, but the thinking process that goes into the post is definitely a source of joy and productivity. If It wasn’t, I’m not sure that I would bother.

    A common fear about early retirement is that we would just turn the brain off and sit on the couch all day. Continuing to think and write goes a long way in avoiding that lifestyle. No matter what your age is.

  4. “Just as exercise for our body is good, exercise for the mind is something we should intentionally pursue.” Indeed. I have long believed the key to total well-being is improving one thing, each day, in four key fitness areas: physical (diet and exercise), fiscal (minimizing debt and increasing savings), spiritual (relationships … with self and others), and mental (thinking and learning).

  5. Thanks Fritz … once again, as always, right ON!! The essence of the happy creative mind lies not only in what it thinks, but also, and very importantly, in how it thinks. Reminds me of a favorite quote … “Cogito ergo sum. (I think, therefore I am.)” by René Descartes.
    YES! … please let’s have the longer (deeper) thoughts!

    1. Yes please do share those additional content on “thinking”…it helps no doubts, but I think I have a problem of “Over-Thinking” and not taking enough action due to thinking too much. How do you handle this sort of problem?

  6. It’s a tricky one for me. It seems at times mental energy is all consuming at work and therefore freeing up space and mental energy to think deeply and applying it outside the work place is a forced activity. Often the reality of my job where I am analyzing lots of data, thinking hard is to declutter the mind, recharge and go again. More deep thinking does not help with decluttering.

    I also feel a certain amount of information saturation on some aspects of personal finance and find myself saying that I am over-thinking certain things e.g. asset allocation strategy, portfolio withdrawal tactics, healthcare costs planning. After a while, the thinking starts going round in circles and the inner voice just says “enough is enough, you got this”.

  7. I totally agree with many of the other comments – writing for a blog forces me to think a lot harder and deeper about subjects. As the old saying goes: You’re not really an expert on something until you can actually explain it to someone else. Though there have been many times when I “thought” I knew a subject, once I try to write or verbally explain it to someone else, I often find that there are many more details I have yet to cover.

  8. Your post on “thinking” couldn’t come at a more perfect time than this. It is our civic responsibility to “think” and “vote”.

    I think a lot – I think about the pros and cons of everything I choose to do. It wears me down. Sometimes, I wish I didn’t think so hard – then I would be denying myself and quit being who I am. Writing distills down my thoughts to clarity. Thoughts are foggy, writing organizes your thoughts and makes it crystal clear.

    Keep it going Fritz! I would like to know what you are thinking and how you process your thoughts.

  9. Thinking ==> Writing. I absolutely agree having to write on a topic forces to think and clarify your thoughts. It’s harder to write something concise than to ramble, so I’ll be the contrarian here — cutting is good. Having said that, I’m still curious on what you did cut out :-).

    One benefit of retirement is the flexibility to think about what I want to think about, not what someone else needs me to think about. Having choices in life is freedom and freedom is priceless!

    1. Sidney, great to hear from you. (Same Sidney I referenced in a recent post, traveling the West?). Great points, and nice contrarian argument about short length. I agree that’s harder, and accept your proposition!

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