All’s well except cold feet
Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 2, 2011
So, it is Tuesday morning; time to write another column. I sit staring at a blank page on my computer screen waiting for inspiration to hit me up side the head. Nothing is happening.
That is when I start thinking about thinking. I’m wondering how my brain comes up with stuff to write and why at this moment it is as blank as the page in front of me.
At the end of yoga class, I encourage students to relax mind and body. I tell them to allow their thoughts to float in and out like waves on the ocean. So, I think that is what I need to do, just float; go with the flow. See where my thoughts take me this chilly morning.
Well, OK what am I thinking? My feet are cold, but I’m wearing fuzzy purple socks to keep them warm. Cold, I like cold weather, but I don’t like being cold. Maybe I should buy that electric heater I looked at yesterday. I mean the cost of propane gas is up and if I use that heater, I can turn down my thermostat.
I could write about gas prices. No, that doesn’t feel right. Feel, how do I feel right now? Pretty good, I guess, except for the cold feet. Wow, I sure do think a lot of things in just a few minutes. Wonder how many thoughts I think every day. I should look that up.
(I did look it up and found this information).
“Some experts estimate that the human brain can have up to 60,000 thoughts per day.
So, if we shift our brains into the highest gear, it would mean our minds are wandering at a dizzying speed of 2500 TPH (Thoughts Per Hour). That’s 42 thoughts per minute!
Probably more important than mere quantity of thoughts is the quality of thoughts we have on a daily basis. The quality of our thoughts impacts many parts of our life. Everything from our stress levels and general health to the progress we make in our professional lives and relationships.”
Quality of my thoughts — where do cold feet fall on the quality of thought scale. Scale — I haven’t weighed in a few days. I don’t think my scales are right anyway. Maybe I need some new ones. I could get some when I buy that heater I looked at yesterday.
Yesterday was Halloween. I can’t believe it is already November. Hey, I could write a column about it being fall. Nope, I already wrote that one I think.
Think, what am I thinking about now? When I think about thinking, my mind is blank. That’s interesting. If I could just think about thinking all the time, I’d never have a negative thought.
Hey, I wonder how many of the 42 thoughts per minutes are negative. Maybe I should look that up.
Boy, lots of disagreement on this subject. One guy says 70 to 80 percent of our thoughts are negative. Well that’s pretty negative. Another website will tell me how many negative thoughts I have if I buy a $7 tutorial. I’m having negative thoughts about that right now.
Still another expert says to write down all my negative thoughts. If 80 percent of thoughts are negative and we have 60,000 per day, I think that’s going to take up a lot of time.
Time — it’s time to write my column. My feet are really cold. I need a heater because I don’t think these purple fuzzy socks do the trick.
Trick. Trick-or-treat is over.
Wow, I can’t believe it’s already November. I could write a column about that…