Thinking too much or too little…

“Why should things be easy to understand.”  This is attributed to the author Thomas Pynchon whose “The Crying of Lot 49” I consumed as an ignorant college student.  I had no idea what the story was about and have pondered, once in a great while, reading it again now that I am more inclined to understand it.  Hasn’t happened as of yet.

Pynchon raises an interesting point.  I think a great deal.  It’s what I do when I’m not worrying.  My mind never shuts down.  There are times I wish I didn’t think so much.  I’m grateful for an inquisitive mind, one that demands knowledge over and over.  I enjoy learning stuff, no matter how trivial it may be.  But I get tired of being in thought a great deal of the time.  Yes, it’s far better than the alternative but sometimes my mind is just exhausted.  And I’m not even pondering great mystical issues.  My thoughts run to “who is having tree work done down the street,” to “why are those little brown ants swarming again on my patio,” to “I love those farmhouse sinks,” to “what will I have for lunch.”  And that covers just two seconds of my cogitative state.

I don’t understand why I think so much but I no longer think about it…what?  It’s just part of who I am and I’ve accepted it.  In fact I like it.  To quote the hilarious Stephanie Plum, “Thinking very often resembles napping, but the intent is different.”  Yes, yes, I am fully aware that Stephanie Plum is a fictional character but her quote was on the Internet.  That makes it real, right?  I’d better think about it…

About thequarryschild

A self-described forensic junkie, Beth Anderson spends her days shaping young minds to ask critical questions and wonder “whodunit.” Beth resides in the Capital District of New York and spends her free time reading and solving the great mysteries. Her love of swimming, tennis and sports provides the basis for one of the lead characters in her new book The Quarry’s Child. Beth is one of the founding members of the Upper Hudson Valley Chapter of Sisters in Crime (aka Mavens of Mayhem), a graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy, a survivor of a visit to an active aircraft carrier while it was at sea, and a published poet in Soundings, a literary journal. Beth continues to instill a love for mystery fiction in her students as she has for over twenty years. Photo credit: Quinn Mulvey
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