Ever had someone say “Depending on your opinion I would have to ask what you’re thinking?”
I have and my response has been silence in the past because I just don’t care enough about the person’s thoughts on what I think, but now I decided to share my opinion about what I’m thinking.
If I or you have an opinion, it really isn’t up to someone else to question it. The only time that even becomes a thing is if you are in a debate. Sorry, but my life isn’t a debate with anyone. You ask, I give, you receive. That’s pretty much it.
I give in a gentle manner. At least to start with. I haven’t really “gone off” on someone, as they say. Or at least not in the traditional sense of the word.
Last week I gave two prompt words in my Haiku Challenge, Free and Think. You are free to think whatever you like. If we had thought police we would all be in jail. We all think some pretty whacked out stuff.
Could you imagine there being “Hate Thought Laws”? I mean think about it. “Man, I really think the president sucks.” The next thing you know you have someone in dark glasses and a suit at your door.
It’s not the thoughts that matter. It’s what you do with them. I may not like someone, but as long as I don’t do anything to them or speak in a too harsh manner then I’m good. I may say I don’t like someone. I don’t have to say why. But if I don’t and that person is of a different ancestral background than I am, can you guess what people will say?
Even if I say “I don’t like the guy because he’s a jerk,” people are still going to think what they want to. For example, I am not a big Obama fan, okay, I’m not an Obama fan at all. I’m from the South, I’m a white skinned male in his 40s. Guess what people will say my reason for not liking Obama will be.
Of course people would be wrong. But you know what? They have a right to think what they want to. Thinking is good. I get a lot of problems solved that way, a lot of issues with people sorted out that way. Thinking through things and even having an argument with someone in your head will save a lot of trouble with people.
Most of the time when I do that I end up realizing how silly something was to begin with. It’s a coping or therapy really.
Thinking is good. Policing my thoughts isn’t. Keep your filthy paws off my private thoughts. (Okay, so the Grease homage there didn’t work out quite right but I tried.)
Much Love, Success, and Respect
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6 thoughts on “Your thoughts are your own.”
Hi Ron, great post, I agree with you, our thoughts are OURS, not anyone business. Our thoughts can’t do good or bad to anyone, except ourselves, inside our mind torturing or pleasing us.
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Yup. The thought police will come someday. I think they already have.
and along similar lines… what anyone else thinks of me is none of my business…
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Everyone is allowed to think what they please – and others can think what they want to think. “Agree to disagree and still be friends” is an old concept. Now it’s call tolerance and accepting of diversity of thought, right? Oh….
Spot on Ronovan and i’m sure even the thought police wouldn’t want to read mine….ha ha 🙂
Thinking is good. Sometimes, as you said, we realized the whole thing (whatever the issue is) isn’t worth arguing about. Sometimes, though, it can fester and become even more of an issue. The trick is to know when something is worth hashing out. Off the top of my head, I’d say nothing is worth getting in an internet fight with virtual strangers. I save that kind of effort for the people that are important to me.
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