Heavy Thinkers

Today’s intro topic is Gossip. My favorite story goes like this;

Mildred, the town gossip, saw the old pickup belonging to George (a new member of her church) parked in front of the town’s only bar one afternoon. She immediately began spreading a malicious rumor that George was an alcoholic.

The rumor soon got back to George. He didn’t attempt to explain, defend, or deny the accusation. But later that day, he parked his truck in front of Mildred’s house—walked home—and left it there all night.      

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It pains me to say this, but one group at high risk for Heavy Thinking Addiction is writers. They spend far too much time alone in front of computer screens actually encouraging the thought process.

Last spring, I attended one of their conferences, and let me tell you, there was a whole lot of Heavy Thinking going on. By the time the keynote finished her address, the entire audience was intoxicated on knowledge. They spent the next day scheming plots and sharing ideas.

I was appalled at their blatant display of Public Thinking.

What a shame to desecrate such a fine hotel.

* the above is an excerpt from the title story of  “The Perils of Heavy Thinking” This book can be ordered by clicking the link on this page or by emailing the author. Many thanks!


63 Comments on “Heavy Thinkers

  1. I cannot think of a witty response to this, I feel it’s a burden for everyone and therefore I will refrain from deliver any interpretations or try to identify the metaphors I can see in your excellent thesis. Heavy thinking is a peril, and should be avoided at all cost… now I will go and fetch my car at Mildred’s

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  2. Dear Otis,

    Now you see where heavy thinking gets a person. Your cell is waiting for you, but I think your computer sprung a leak. Now I’m back to hanging out my assorted (purple) shorts. Put the key back on the hook when you leave.

    Shalom y’all,

    Barnella Fife W(T)F

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    • Dear Barnella Fife W(T)F,

      Why do you think my computer sprang a leak? Is the front of my pants wet (again)? What’s for breakfast? I hope it’s not those purple-berry muffins again. Shut the door when you leave. I don’t want anyone disturbing my nap.


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    • Your writing doesn’t lack anything. Adding thoughts would only dilute the quality of the work. And stay away from Google. All that information will only pollute your mind.


  3. Haha Great story and intro topic as well. I’ve been guilty of heavy thinking a time or two. I feel a bit embarrassed about it now. I’m glad you’re shedding light on this rarely talked about affliction.

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    • It’s okay, Mandie. Those of us who’ve visited your site know that you’re a pretty heavy thinker–not that I’m being judgmental. Admitting your problem is the first step toward recovery. Perhaps someday you’ll be able to write about how your overcame this awful addiction.

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  4. With all that shared plotting and scheming going on, I think the fixings holding the roof on the hotel might need to be checked. There will have been a lot of hot air expelled with all that heavy thinking.
    That George is one wily cad. I wonder if Mildred will learn to be more circumspect in future.

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    • Those conferences are like pep rallies. People leave there all hyped up and drive home, sometimes hundreds of miles. It’s scary on the highway with all those thinkers behind the wheel.

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  5. Shame on those nasty writers for not trying to hide their thinking problem. Thinking of thinking, George sure had a pretty good dose of thinking fast on his feet….

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  6. I love it. George is brilliant and he showed Mildred!

    I agree writers are often heavy thinkers. I’ve been called a deep thinker. But I think I have a balance thankfully.

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    • A lot of people fool themselves, believing they have their thinking under control. “I’m just a social thinker,” they say. It starts innocent enough, but the next think you know, you find yourself thinking when you’re all alone and should be doing mindless activities.

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    • I’m sure there are some “closet thinkers” out there who assume their thoughts aren’t hurting anyone else. They’re only kidding themselves. It’s a dangerous addiction.

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