Friday, March 16, 2012

Thinking Out Loud

I like to think. I am an introvert and that is what we introverts like to do. Think.
Introverts are often misunderstood. We are not stuck-up. We are not necessarily shy. We need a lot of alone time. We need to think things out before we answer or respond to things.
And we shy away from big social gatherings. (go figure). We do not do small talk well. We find socializing exhausting. When I get exhausted at big gatherings, I go hide. Usually the bathroom. My hubby calls it "cave time."
One of the things many introverts need is time to think. I like to think. I think about lots of things. I think about what we are going to do this weekend. I think about what I going to write about and how can I improve my website and what about marketing my new ebook? And what is my next writing project going to be? And how am I going to organize it all?
I think about God and about praying and about writing about God and praying.
I think about my family and my friends and my job and my ministry. I think about how I am going to face the coming week and how I did this past week and I think through what I am going to say to hubby about something that is on my mind and how can I ever get my taxes done if I don't keep better records and is my sister feeling better? And when is my mother going to be able to retire anyway?
I think about going to the beach because I get such refreshment from going there and having some peace and quiet, but I might as well wait until spring break is over because I can't get near the beach and it is not exactly peaceful there right now ... well, ... never mind.
And then I decided I should think in the car on the way home from work. I have a 40 minute commute. It may not be enough time but it is better than nothing. So instead of listening to the radio or a CD, I decided to think.
Then I wondered if my thinking would distract me from driving. And I decided it would not distract me as much as being on the cell phone which I never use in the car. Not as much as the CD about Pope John Paul II that I was listening to. Or the music I sing along with at the top of my lungs!
So I spent the entire ride home from work thinking about thinking and I got no other thinking done. Now, I do not know what to write about.
So I am writing about this because I thought maybe I could think while I write or write while I think. 
Maybe.
Never mind.
I wonder what God thinks about.

17 comments :

Gigi said...

I spent most of my early years being called an introvert by an older sibling, as an insult!
I much prefer the term "thinker"!
Thanks for a thoughful post!

Colleen @ ID said...

Colleen, I think this is your funniest post that I have read. I have a deep smile ear to ear now that I've stopped laughing!

Victor S E Moubarak said...

When I think my brain hurts. I normally like to do my thinking standing on a tree branch. When I get tired I fall off and stop thinking.

Thinking is good ... I think.

In order to get my employees to concentrate and make less mistakes I had a big sign in my office with the word "THINK".

They thought it referred to me and asked me whether I had difficulty concentrating.

I give up !!!

God bless.

P.S. God thinks I can't be serious for one moment.

Jean Wise said...

Thinking can be quite noisy!! enjoyed this post! made me think, ha.

Colleen said...

Gigi, introverts are special people! I like "thinker" too.
:)

Colleen, I do not usually write "funny" but this just came tumbling out! Glad to give you some smiles!! AND laughter!

Victor, speaking of smiles and laughter. You always make me laugh Victor. And your comments here do too! I love this - "Thinking is good ... I think."

Jean, my thinking in the car was definitely noisy! glad to make you think - so funny. lol.

Barb, ofs said...

EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!!!!

Colleen said...

Barb, :)

Sue Elvis said...

Colleen,

Wonderful post! I love posts that just tumble out as if they want to be written. I like thinking too. Only problem is I often start thinking when I should be sleeping and then I get overtired!

Colleen said...

Sue, I do the same thing! Who knew thinking could make us lose sleep?

Owner of Homeschool Faith and Family Life Website said...

You have described my husband to a T!

Colleen said...

Judy, ahhhh. Your hubby is an introvert eh?!?! Cool.

Barb Schoeneberger said...

Goodness, Colleen. Through this post I have discovered that I, too, am an introvert. Oddly, my entire business career involved working with groups in the field of training and organization development and I really loved it. Go figure, though. No wonder at the end of the day I would collapse on the couch. Lately I've been wondering if some time in the future I should become a hermit so I could do lots of praying and thinking without a lot of noisy distractions.

Colleen said...

Barb, amazing. I used to think I should be a hermit but my spiritual director said God would not have led me to marriage and children if that were true. So at his suggestion, I started having Colleen Hermit days. I would take a half a day off once a month or two and spend it by myself. It did me a lot of good and I think it made me a better mother and wife!

Carol@simple_catholic said...

This post is perfect. My husband calls me the "ultimate introvert" because, if it weren't for my son, I wouldn't open my mouth for a week because I'm too busy thinking. LOL!

Colleen said...

Carol, you sound like me! My hubby is actually an introvert but not as much as I am. God bless!

Joann / Into Stillness said...

"I think about God and about praying and about writing about God and praying"

I can relate.

Colleen said...

Joann, :)
Thanks.