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Think. I do it often. I probably do it too much. It takes just one thought to turn into a whole universe of thoughts. I didnât know myself well when I was two years old but Iâm guessing I asked, âWhyâ a lot because I do now. I just canât stop thinking once a subject is given to me. If you stop me on the street and tell me youâre planning on opening a new business Iâm already thinking about who you need to call to make you the best sign in town. Iâm already thinking of how to get you better wholesale pricing. Iâm thinking of how the store should be set up for the perfect flow. And when we leave each other I drive home thinking until Iâve out thought all of my other thoughts and feel comfortable Iâve covered all your bases. I think about other peopleâs feelings a bunch.I wonder how other people donât think about other peopleâs feelings a bunch. I wonder why I wonder and so I wonder some more.
Iâm thankful for my thinking. I really am. Iâve met non-thinking people who like to call themselves thinkers but really theyâre just people who like to think that they think. Really they like to talk. Talking and thinking are two entirely different things. Talkers can be thinkers.
Itâs proven. What Iâm having a problem with is something Iâve found myself thinking about. Think. I looked at the word and saw it had an âIâ in the middle. Then I thought about the word âThank.â Thank is the same as think but it has an âaâ as its middle letter. That got me to thinking. I overuse the word âIâ in my life. âI did this, and I went to that.â âI completed this and I spoke at that.â I say, âIâ so much that I begin sounding like a camel caller from the Middle East! âIiii, Iiii, IIiiiiiiiiii, Iiiii, I!â I make a very un-believable camel caller and so I just spend the time I have left on this prairie thinking.
I am a thinker but am a thanker? Anything that is preceded with an âaâ is followed by a noun of some sort. That takes the attention off the letter âIâ and puts it with something else. Thinking becomes thanking and that just feels nice. Nice is good and good I want to be which got me to thinking. Can thankers be good thinkers? Can thinkers be good thankers? If you say think and thank long enough you begin sounding like dripping water in an aluminum pan. Think, thank. Think, thank, Think thank. You just tried it didnât you? That means you took the time to think about it and Iâm thankful for that.
If one more person tells me, âBlondie, you think too muchâ I will thank them for their not so humble opinion and keep thinking anyways. Iâll wish for the day someone says, âBlondie, you thank too much.â It got me to thinking, âIs there such a thing as thanking too much?â Could we harm the greater good for saying âThank youâ or giving thanks even on the bad days? Letâs think about it. What if we spent less time thinking and more time thanking. What if we didnât think about thanking and just thanked our little hearts out? Someone wrongs you and you thank them.
You hit a deer on County Road 17 and you get out and yell, âThank you!â Your neighbor has a party and it keeps you up all night and you thank them in the morning. You thank that husband of yours for leaving the toilet seat in the up position and thank your kids for not doing their chores. Think about it. One of two things will happen. Theyâll think youâve got stark, raving, mad or theyâll like how thanks feels even when unwarranted. Thinking about it there could be one more reaction. They could thank you for kindly not saying âthank youâ so much which could yield you added power in the end. You could be thinking about saying, âIâll stop thanking as soon as you start cleaning.â A win-win for all parties involved.
I plan to think less and thank more. Think, thank, thunk. I thunk about it and I think thanking is a good practice all around. Thank you for reading this â I think.
Ingstad lives on the prairie near Valley City and writes this column for the Times-Record.