Friday, 24 February 2012

When the thought stops midway

Sometimes it so happens that a very interesting thought starts off in my mind and suddenly without any caution, the thought just goes away. But where does it go? And somehow it so happens that I forget about that thought and after a few days when I'm at the middle of something else the whole thole process of the earlier day flashes my mind. The thought seems out of context but familiar and so I leave my other thoughts and try to continue the 'out-of-context' thought. But the thought does not fit and does not continue.

What do I do with that stray thought? Flirting with that thought gives pleasure but then it is definitely out of context. But that it had a context before and not now seems puzzling to me. Like that there are many instances which I can quote. An important thought leaves me and then comes back and forces me to pay attention. Has this happened to you? Have your missing thought come back when you least expected them to come?



Now, what do I do to the thoughts that were there when the stray thought came? Should the existing thoughts be put aside for some time? Impossible.

Sometimes I think that if a thought stops midway, it is best to let it go. If thoughts are not menat for you at that precise time, it is not meant for you. But then why does it come back? The subconscious plays the devil's advocate and turns against you. It tries to kindle and coerce you into believing that nothing completely leaves you.

On some days I wonder whether it is me controlling my thoughts or vice-versa? So, how do your thoughts play truant with you?

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30 comments:

  1. you just described my thought process. A thought appears, stays for a while, engages with me and then it's gone. I try and try to no avail. Then at some point it comes back, but not always.
    Sometimes I fear I am ADD...

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    1. We are all the same. I have no doubts now. It's very interesting to observe the process.

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  2. Had not given this thought a thought! Nice..now you have given me a thought to think about.

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  3. i am constantly amazed at how the human mind works! many more questions than answers, and that is fine for me. what else is life for? you make me smile, susan deborah ;-)

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    1. Ah, that wonder and amazement makes me savour the comments I get. And yes, so many answers and similarities. Are we any different except for our face?

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  4. Oh, yes, this has happened to me many times! Sometimes, the randomness of a thought or idea seems crazy, but other times, I do think our subconscious is trying to get our attention.
    Food for thought, Susan! :)
    Blessings!

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    1. Crazy, yes. Sometimes I don't even know what's happening out there in my head.

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  5. I thought I had gone crazy,now I know I am not the only one...u amaze me Susan,as to how u come up with things that are important,and yet we donot give much thought to.

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    1. We are all crazy at some level, you know. The degree is what matters.

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  6. Thoughts - aah - a touchy one there, Susan :)

    My mind never goes blank - there are always thoughts racing thru at different speeds - its crazy! do you also getthe feeling that your mind will just explode if you end up thinking about one more thing!

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    1. Your mind must be like the traffic in America. Stay calm, sometime atleast.

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  7. Getting into those random thoughts or memories for me too, would be quite scary. The out of context thought is a phenomena had hadn't given much thought.....I will now.
    You are quite amazing.

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    1. Thanks for your kind words, Jan. Words such as yours make me glow.

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  8. Hello.
    I think we can all relate to this happening to us at some point in time. I'm a poet, so thoughts are always running through my head. What's worse is that I've gotten up in the middle of the night just to write some thought down...much to the disgust of my wife! (LOL).
    Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Middle of the night is incredulous, Andy. I guess the muse loves to make her presence felt at odd times. Maybe that's her way of getting back at you for she's giving lots to you.

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  9. Oh my...I just thought my disappearing thoughts were due to the 'age' thing LOL. Heavens yes, this happens all the time. When it really irritates me is when I am actually involved in a conversation, begin a sentence, and my mind just goes blank! Hours later, sitting somewhere by myself, the rest of the sentence appears out of nowhere! Why, oh why? Who knows, but it drives me batty :)

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    1. I guess it's not age but the pace of life today. Thoughts are also like the 7. 10 bus which arrives and leaves in a jiffy. Perhaps, we need to be slow.

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  10. Oh My Susan I just got confused... between thoughts that were here...there ... and every where... You confused me even more!

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    1. Lady Sav, breathe in and breathe out.
      Glad to see you after a long time, Sav.

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  11. Sometimes this happens to me when I have a lot on my mind. I'll have a thought by the tail and it gets away from me. No matter how hard I try to remember this thought I can't, and then hours or days later the thought pops back in my head. Depending on the importance of the thought I'll jot it down on a piece of paper so I don't forget it again. The older I get the more this happens... it's very annoying! LOL!!!

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    1. I sometimes forget where I have left the paper with the thoughts :)

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  12. I've been in such a situation many times. I keep thinking of something and the next second I'm completely clueless of what I was thinking. What I do is, I stop thinking about it completely and somehow magically it comes back to me, and when it comes back, I give it utmost importance, coz I feel like I'm being given a second chance :-)

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    1. I guess it's very human to observe our thoughts and then finding them disappear. But in many cases, as you have mentioned, thoughts come back to us but then the importance is toned down.

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  13. Now, what was I thinking about...oh yes. Thoughts do escape me often. Many never return. If they're significant and they do return, I spend a little time on expanding them, before I forget them. But my biggest fear is forgetting.

    You always stir thoughts in me Susan.

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  14. I read this, thought of a brilliant response and then woosh it was gone. So maybe Mary got it, old age is playing tricks on my mind. Or perhaps so much is going around and around in our heads, that something important is missed, but our inner voice won't let it go, and passes it back to us when it thinks we are ready.

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    1. Ah, Larry, trust you to come up with something as this. Seeing you here after a long time. And sometimes when we are ready, the context changes, sadly.

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  15. My thoughts come randomly, but they are always just registered and noted and somehow filed in a cabinet in my mind.;) I seem to be able to find them again easily. I guess I think a lot and my thoughts are usually somehow statements or realizations, thus I do not need to dwell on them, they make sense almost instantly.;)
    xoxo

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  16. The problem with me is that I am very visual with my thoughts there are images involves, and sometimes when Im talking Im thinking in parallel and those thoughts can race in my head and sometimes I wonder if I really thought something beofre or not.

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