Remembering To Think

I was cleaning out a bag a few days ago and came across a pin that I had forgotten about.  It says, “Think.”  Great, right?  Simple, to the point, and something that is easy to do.  Or at least it should be.

I got that pin at a convention and was thrilled when I did.  I used to wear a variety of them back years ago. These were popular when I was in high school and college — to wear favorite bands, sayings, and pictures.  I have seen many people over the years wear favorite pins.

After finding this word, I started to wonder how many people these days think before they speak, before they act, or before they interact with others.  Many seem to react without thinking and that gives me some concern.  I want us to think first and then take action.  I just hope that we can work on that.

Merriam Webster has several definitions for the verb think:

  • To form or have in mind
  • To have as an intention
  • To have as an opinion
  • To reflect on
  • To call to mind
  • To have as an expectation
  • To center one’s thoughts on

A lot of definitions for this small word.  It is small and mighty, isn’t it? My husband and I are trying to teach these concepts to Ian.  He has time to play, read, talk with friends, and to think about what he sees, reads, and hears.  We encourage him to ask questions and discuss things with us.

Remember the movie “Dead Poet’s Society”?  This was a great story of a teacher trying to help young men think for themselves.  The administration of the school and many parents didn’t want that, but the boys learned how important it was.

Also, in “Mona Lisa Smile,” students at a women-only college had an art teacher who came in and tried to teach them to think out of the box and to think beyond what was expected of them.  She too faced problems from the school and the parents.

Interesting.  Do we not want our young people to think?  Do we not want to help teach them what is right, what is wrong, and then for them to decide for themselves how to act?  Each thing we say and do has a consequence, whether good and bad.  As a parent, I feel it is my place, job and responsibility to help our son understand that and think about what he is doing and saying.

And as he is growing up, I want him to learn to think while I am there to answer questions, talk with him about his choices, and be a role model of how to act and behave.  I make lots of mistakes and that is okay.  I want him to know that as well.  I want him to not only learn from adults who are good role models but also those who are showing how not to behave or speak.

A few things I want for adults and our children:

  • Let’s think before we speak.
  • Let’s think of others and their feelings
  • Let’s think for ourselves
  • Let’s think when someone tells us something that we don’t believe is right
  • Let’s investigate these things
  • Let’s encourage our young people to think and find their own path in life
  • Let’s be there to support them as they do so
  • Let’s know and remember that not agreeing with someone does not make them an enemy
  • Let’s try to learn from others instead of tearing them down
  • Let’s not bully one another but instead practice kindness
  • Let’s stand up for what we believe but not attack or cause harm to others
  • Let’s practice love

A few quotes about thinking:

  • “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.” — Albert Einstein
  • “Most of the problems in life are because of two reasons: we act without thinking or we keep thinking without acting.” — Unknown
  • “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it.” — Henry Ford
  • “Science is a way of thinking much more than it is a body of knowledge.” — Carl Sagan
  • “Thinking: the talking of the soul with itself.” — Plato

I have always liked Winnie The Pooh.  This sweet clip art picture from Power Point shows him thinking.  He seems to put all of his energy into it, doesn’t he?  I only hope that we too can think before we speak and act.  And that we can decide what we think and why.

What do you think?  I would love some comments.  God Bless and have a great day!

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