Like Pooh, sometimes I sits and thinks...
‘Sometimes I sits and thinks. And sometimes I just sits.” Winnie the Pooh was my kind of philosopher. I have long said that I get my best work done in the bath. Or when asleep. Sleeping is good for thinking. Dreaming is not a waste of time. Things fall into place.
Dozing is even better though sometimes it is hard to sort out the chaff from the wheat. I know I have had a lot of thoughts in this state that I wish I had written down.
Daydreaming is a great way to get some brain work done. It works well on a lazyish walk, a walk where I know the beginning and the end, but don’t have any hard and fast rules for what happens in between.
If all of the above fail it is hard to beat a cup of proper good coffee. I stress proper. Instant should be banned.
When I say “Let me think about that,” I usually mean the direct opposite. It is something I do not want to think about at that particular moment. I certainly do not want to come up with an answer, or opinion, because it will be pure luck if it is the correct one.
It is not that I want to put it off for ever. I will often jot down a word or two to remind me to come back to it. I then allow my background brain to do its work. The above are a few things that assist the brain in doing its background job. Some time later it spits out an answer and usually takes me by surprise. When I say “yes… that has been on my mind” that is true. But if I say I have given it some thought that is probably a lie. But my brain has been working away.
When an idea pops into my head I am aware that some people think of this as intuition as if it came from nowhere. Others refer to it as a ‘gut’ feeling but I go along with Carl Sagan on this. I prefer to think with my brain and use my stomach for digestion. People frequently elevate the gut feeling to a place far superior than mere brain thinking. This is an illusion. Listen to the brain more carefully and you will realise that the gut just rumbles.
There are words, or phrases, that immediately retrigger a bad memory for me. It is so quick that it almost seems to bypass the brain but I doubt it.
It is not a cliche to say that the older I get the more I realise how little I know. Thankfully, there is hardly a day goes by when I do not hear myself saying “I never thought of that before”.
It may be that I am open to ideas, but again Sagan, and many others also credited, hits the spot when he cautions against too open a mind in case your brain falls out.
With the brain ticking away permanently it is all too easy to become lost in thought. Thankfully I can carry on some semblance of conversation while my mind is elsewhere.
So could Pooh Bear.