Think About Making Time to Think

Ask most people, especially in business, how they are, and the answer will normally be something along the lines of “busy”.  No-one ever likes to say that they have time on their hands, and no-one likes to take the time just to think.

I find this odd.  It implies that a lot of people are running their lives or businesses serendipitously, everything being a reaction to a possibly unforeseen or, indeed, even lucky event.  People are simply moving from one thing to the next putting out fires or repeating mistakes.  They are rushing and probably spending so much time thinking about everything that they are, in fact, thinking about nothing.

I’ve noticed it myself when I’ve been able to work from home occasionally.  It creates an environment free from distractions (other than Sky Sports News – shh!) to be able to do what I need to do.  I don’t have people coming to my desk wanting things, only a few people are able to ring me while the rest have to e-mail a usually closed inbox.  It allows me to more readily create time to do what I need to do.

And one of the things I like to do is sit and think.  At school I’m pretty sure they called it daydreaming!  When I venture the line “I’ve been thinking” nowadays, it’s normally met with a groan or a reply of “did it hurt?”

An observation I’ve made is that people can be restricted by not using their imaginations.  If one considers the greatest innovations and successes in their lives (whether at work or personally) or in the world in general, they began with an idea, a thought, coming up with a creative solution to a common problem.  We think at the beginning of a journey, but how often do we slow down once the plan is formulated to properly review where we’re going and what we’re doing? How often do we think about what’s gone wrong or what’s gone right? How often do we stop to think to learn the lessons from that?

I think the answer is probably “not much”!

This post was inspired by the Daily Prompt “Pace Oddity” where the question was:

If you could slow down an action that usually zooms by, or speed up an event that normally drags on, which would you choose, and why?

Of course, there are more obvious answers!  Look, I’m sure you thought of them too so don’t look at me like that!

I’ve mentioned previously that time seems to move at different speeds depending on whether we’re enjoying something or whether we’re hating it.  We’ve all heard the phrase about life flashing before your eyes just before we die.  Let’s hope that everyone’s life flashes, but not without them making time to think and enjoy it.

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Imagine by John Lennon

Comments 3

  1. Prachy Mohan

    Ahhh I can’t like your post so I’m leaving this comment instead 😀

  2. judy Dykstra-Brown

    At this late date must ask what caused your disillusionment with VW Passats, Michael?

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