I was thinking about thinking, today.
You know, the fact that when you think about what you’re thinking — usually, you don’t have much to share with yourself. That, when someone turns to you and asks you what you’re thinking, that most times, you’re really not thinking about anything whatsoever.
I often like to ask the question, “What are you thinking about?” because I get the sense that the things people are thinking about aren’t normally the things they’re going to share with you, but in the end if they weren’t going to share their thoughts with you in the first place, then why would asking them what they’re thinking about actually cause them to finally, once and for all, tell you in the first place?
Usually, the top 10 responses to “what are you thinking” are:
Nothing I’m hungry Don’t remember I was wondering what you were thinking I forget What I have to do tomorrow What you just said Trying to remember what I was just thinking Life, in general Just boring stuff
And if you take that top 10 list to mind, you’ll probably determine on your own that asking someone what they’re thinking is about as entertaining and mind-altering as, well, watching static on a TV screen, which is another story altogether… I mean, when was the last time you saw STATIC on TV?
That’s exactly what I’m thinking about. You know, in case you were wondering.