A question—do you have a recurring appointment in your calendar for “thinking?” An even bigger question, would you be embarrassed if the boss came into your work place during your thinking time? And would your boss (or you) think you were wasting time?
Maybe the question Pooh should ask us, “Did we ever start to think?”
I once heard Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough talk at a black tie dinner celebrating our city’s extraordinary library. He said the time he allocates for thinking is more important than the time he allocates for writing. He calendars thinking time with the same priority as writing time. But somehow, our western minds feel we are wasting valuable work time if we simply take time to think.
Perhaps if more time were spent thinking by western workers and leaders—the BP Oil Spill could have been avoided, the republic of America wouldn’t be in debt to a communist country, we wouldn’t be dependent upon fanatical Muslims for our energy supply, more books like Trumanand The Road would be written, more movies like Inception, and creatives wouldn’t be fleeing America by the thousands. Perhaps…thinking is underrated.
Just a thought.
“What luck for rulers, that men do not think.” ~Adolph Hitler
What do you think about my thoughts?