No Time to Think

My mother’s penetrating legacy.

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(10) average, March 10, 2014 5:25 PM

you get paid to think

we don't

(9) anonymous, March 9, 2014 3:05 PM

thinking and Slhomo Hamelech

Why should we think that most people don't think? I think they do. But if they don't, I think the reason probably is that they just never thought about thinking.

In Kohelet, Shlomo Hamelech says, "I spoke to myself" and I spoke to my heart" - which is talking about thinking. And from lhere we learn that it is very important to commune with our selves.

(8) David, March 7, 2014 12:32 AM

Most nights, I fall asleep very quickly. But when I have something troubling on my mind, sometimes I don’t fall asleep for hours. And then, I sleep very poorly. I find waking much more interesting. I don’t set an alarm clock, but I usually start to awake 45 to 30 minutes before I want to get out of bed. It is a twilight time, not completely conscious, and not completely sleeping. Imagination and reality merge into a calm mélange, flowing from dream to preparation for the emerging day.
If I really need to think, I want to be fully awake. It helps to write, to organize my thoughts, to analyze them, to evaluate them. Real thinking is hard work, and I guess that I am as lazy as the next person, so I don’t think very much if I don’t have to.

(7) M gutman, March 6, 2014 10:56 PM

Yes,I think,but usually during sh'moneh esrei or tehillim.
It is easier to escape than to face reality.
May your wise Mother's Neshama have an Aliya.

Sanford Goodmn, May 12, 2014 5:07 AM

I do the sme thing too

I do the same thing too. The solution is: Think about what you are saying in the Sh'moneh Esrei and the Tehillim. It helps.

Sandy Goodman
Dallas Texas

(6) Sara Simons, March 6, 2014 6:50 PM

May she have an Aliyah in Shamayim

Thank you so much for the interesting speech. Many people
do not make time to think because of fear. People constantly
keep themselves busy today since they are afraid to be with
themselves. I personally think too much and have trouble falling
asleep. This is the other extreme. We have to be balanced.

(5) Chayale, March 6, 2014 4:57 PM

May your mother's neshama have a huge Aliyah and may her memory always impart Braucha for you. I didn't catch her name.

(4) DorothyFrancesGoldstein, March 6, 2014 12:17 AM

What's wrong? Nothing....I'm just THINKING

I lost count of how many times this conversation took place with co-workers passing by my cubicle at work. The need to "appear" to be working surpassed the possible value of thinking about the task one was working on. My favorite comment came from a co-worker who I was about to help out on a project. "Don't over think it" (I cherish that one)

(3) yossi, March 4, 2014 5:37 PM

why only before sleep?

I also fall asleep right away so i take the time to think when i'm in the shower.

(2) TMay, March 3, 2014 9:33 AM

falling aleep and thinking

I fall asleep so fast I don't even have time to turn off the little light I turn on to find the bed. A few times I fell asleep so fast that I didn't say prayers for the welfare of others so the next day I did when I was awake. Anyway, the view at night is dark so I don't think that is a good time to think. Although, I did read an article that says humans think more clearly in low light.

(1) Alan S., March 2, 2014 11:03 AM

May her memory be for a blessing.

For sure, we should all make time to think. However, the best time is probably not when we are trying to get to sleep. I am also sure that the Rabbi knows, especially in his field, about the debiiltating effects of sleep disorders. Why make the time to think a possible cause for a sleep disorder? Trying to shut down the mind is probably more conducive to falling asleep than staying awake enough to sort thru the issues of a persons day.
Rabbi, your mother produced a very fine person in the likes of you. May the memory of your mother on this anniversay of her Yahrzeit continue to be for a blessing.


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