Sometimes it is hard to think clearly. My thoughts are like popcorn popping, random, unconnected, confused. It is impossible to reason with wisdom and understanding or to arrive at any accurate or reasonable conclusions when I am thinking like that. Those times of popcorn thinking usually happen when there is a lot of noise, when many people are talking, or when there is sudden pressure. Most often, I experience this kind of thinking when there is a conflict with others and things are tense. During heated discussions, I find it impossible to think in a straight line to arrive at wise conclusions. So, I have arrived at some personal rules for myself. When I recognize that I can’t think in a straight line, I don’t talk. If I do it will not fix anything; it will usually worsen. More importantly, I don’t make any decisions or commitments, not even small ones; they will usually be stupid. It is often hard to keep those rules when I am thinking in circles because I don’t remember my own rules.
Most people don’t realize how seldom they think in a straight line, with wisdom and reason, because they seldom listen to their own thoughts. Their thoughts pop into their mind based on what they see or hear, and as they look around their thoughts are constantly changing. Accurate conclusions and solutions to life situations require disciplined, rational, and wise thinking.
For myself, I can usually only think clearly when I am by myself, and what always shifts my brain into focused, clear thinking is when I start writing. There are not a lot of unique situations in life so as I resolve conflicts in my mind while writing by myself I don’t forget them, and when a similar situation happens I just pull up the file in my mind and follow the script.
That process of increasing the number of files I have in my mind is what it means to grow in knowledge, understanding and wisdom.
Proverbs 3:13-18 How blessed is the man who finds wisdom
And the man who gains understanding.
For her profit is better than the profit of silver
And her gain better than fine gold.
She is more precious than jewels;
And nothing you desire compares with her.
Long life is in her right hand;
In her left hand are riches and honor.
Her ways are pleasant ways
And all her paths are peace.
She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her,
And happy are all who hold her fast.