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August 12, 2007

Add a Third Constant to Your Life: Thinking

Filed under: Life Lessons from Chess,Thoughts and Reflections — Steve (Chessiq) @ 12:24 am

Depending on who you speak to or read, you may be told that there is only one constant: Change.

Others will say, Time. (I haven’t read the theories of relativity… Is time a constant? Let’s assume it is!)

So we have two constants – I.M.H.O!

I would like to add a third – that is important to us all: THINKING.

A constant is something that remains the same while other things are changing – (other people even consider “love” a constant.) No comment. So, we can make THINKING a constant in our lives by continuously thinking about stuff that matter to us. May be even think about what it is that matters to us. For example, you could start with a question like, “Why Do I Want to be Happy?” then “What is Happiness for Me?” then “What Can I Do/Not Do to be Happy?” It is a good starting point especially if you write down your answers.

Like most things in life, you have to keep doing it to get better. You have to practice thinking. Don’t just ask the questions, you have to come up with answers to the best of your ability. You can even spare 10 to 15 minutes every day where you sit down and write your thoughts. This is for your benefit. You don’t have to show your notes to anybody. In due time, you will not even have to think about thinking.

If you get really good at it, you will be like a good Chess player. In Chess, you cannot take a break from thinking. The times that I switched off my brain during a Chess game, I paid for it dearly. Thinking is a constant in our game. Chess players think without thinking about it. What a good habit! One of my favorite writers, PICK THE BRAIN, wrote a nice piece about THINKING FOR YOURSELF . Try it, it works!

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