Monday, June 20, 2011

Is Too Much Thinking Bad?

We are advised to practice moderation in everything we do to stay healthy. Does this advice include thinking? It is a big subject, thinking, and when I Google it there were nearly 900,000 results. I think many websites and blogs were written by thinking people or those who wonder what it is all about. It is a boring subject but then we all think in our waking hours. In our sleep we replace thinking with dreaming.

Some people think more and do less, others the other way around. We've heard of people doing something without thinking. For example, a man plunge into a river fully clothed to save a drowning victim. Then we can have the other extreme, someone spending all day or week thinking to accept an offer or not and then discover it has expired.

The question is not fast or slow thinking (I am a fast thinker by the way) but whether a person can be spending too much time thinking about any issue and getting bogged down. An example. A girl jilted by her boyfriend can be spending days and weeks feeling sorry and crying over it and thinking of the past and who was more wrong in the breakup and what she could have done to save it and what caused it to happen and ... yes, just thinking and wondering over the whole episode.

Another person is a similar situation may just pick herself up the next day and start building a new relationship without thinking too much about it.

We are who we are because of our ability to think. If we do not think much are we lesser than those who think more? In other words are thinkers greater than doers? Should we be more of a doer and less of a thinker or vice versa?

I believe there is no hard universal rules. Different situation require different prioritization. To decide if a relationship should go beyond mere friendship should take more thinking than deciding when it is safe to cross the road.

Back to the captioned question. Is the habit of thinking too much bad for a person's well being? What do you think? Please don't be taking too long ...


Anonymous said...

Dear Peter,thank you for a thinking article,i believe i am a thinker and a fast one at it,i cannot categorised too much thinking as i think nothing is too much for thinking.I came to a conclusion that i am a thinker is because of the prayer i always say before sleep....
God, grant me the courage not to give up what I think is right, even though I
think it is hopeless.
so am i a thinker before a doer and am i thinking too much? i dont think so,but having said that this comes to my mind....
Every person is the creation of himself, the image of his own thinking and
believing. As individuals think and believe, so they are.

Think about this for a while...

To realize
The value of a sister
Ask someone who doesn't have one.

To realize
The value of ten years:
Ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize
The value of four years:
Ask a graduate.

To realize
The value of one year:
Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize
The value of nine months:
Ask a mother who gave birth to a still born.

To realize
The value of one month:
Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize
The value of one week
Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize
The value of one hour:
Ask the lovers who are waiting to Meet.

To realize
The value of one minute:
Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize
The value of one-second:
Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond:
Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

To realize the value of a friend: lose one.

Time waits for no one.
Treasure every moment you have.
You will treasure it even more when you can share it with someone special...thank you again Peter for making me think.regards AL MAL.

Peter Yew said...

Hi Al, you are a thinker without doubt, and one with substance may I add. Should I also say that thinking improves oneself? A new thread for discussion one day. Thanks and have a nice day. Peter


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