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 didnâ€™t know myself well when I was two years old but Iâ€™m guessing I asked, â€śWhyâ€ť a lot because I do now. I just canâ€™t stop thinking once a subject is given to me. If you stop me on the street and tell me youâ€™re planning on opening a new business Iâ€™m already thinking about who you need to call to make you the best sign in town. Iâ€™m already thinking of how to get you better wholesale pricing. Iâ€™m thinking of how the store should be set up for the perfect flow. And when we leave each other I drive home thinking until Iâ€™ve out thought all of my other thoughts and feel comfortable Iâ€™ve covered all your bases. I think about other peopleâ€™s feelings a bunch.I wonder how other people donâ€™t think about other peopleâ€™s feelings a bunch. I wonder why I wonder and so I wonder some more.
Iâ€™m thankful for my thinking. I really am. Iâ€™ve met non-thinking people who like to call themselves thinkers but really theyâ€™re 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.
Itâ€™s proven. What Iâ€™m having a problem with is something Iâ€™ve found myself thinking about. Think. I looked at the word and saw it had an â€śIâ€ť in the middle. Then I thought about the word â€śThank.â€ť Thank is the same as think but it has an â€śaâ€ť as its middle letter. That got me to thinking. I overuse the word â€śIâ€ť in my life. â€śI did this, and I went to that.â€ť â€śI completed this and I spoke at that.â€ť I say, â€śIâ€ť so much that I begin sounding like a camel caller from the Middle East! â€śIiii, Iiii, IIiiiiiiiiii, Iiiii, I!â€ť 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 â€śaâ€ť is followed by a noun of some sort. That takes the attention off the letter â€śIâ€ť 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 didnâ€™t you? That means you took the time to think about it and Iâ€™m thankful for that.
If one more person tells me, â€śBlondie, you think too muchâ€ť I will thank them for their not so humble opinion and keep thinking anyways. Iâ€™ll wish for the day someone says, â€śBlondie, you thank too much.â€ť It got me to thinking, â€śIs there such a thing as thanking too much?â€ť Could we harm the greater good for saying â€śThank youâ€ť or giving thanks even on the bad days? Letâ€™s think about it. What if we spent less time thinking and more time thanking. What if we didnâ€™t 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, â€śThank you!â€ť 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. Theyâ€™ll think youâ€™ve got stark, raving, mad or theyâ€™ll like how thanks feels even when unwarranted. Thinking about it there could be one more reaction. They could thank you for kindly not saying â€śthank youâ€ť so much which could yield you added power in the end. You could be thinking about saying, â€śIâ€™ll stop thanking as soon as you start cleaning.â€ť 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.