wings and things


on July 29, 2015

IMG_4655Thinking versus thunking (I like thunking!)

3.10am: There is something quite exciting about hopping out of bed at 3am, wide awake, dashing to my writing room and switching on the computer and, aha, engaging with various friends. It seems somehow illicit to be up and about, drinking coffee while the sky is still black night, listening to absolute silence, reading thousands of words, smiling at photos on my screen ….

4.03am: Me chuckling that it is now just after 4am and nobody is going to tell me to go to bed.

4.38am: Ming’s favourite phrase is “Do what you want to do!” This type of 21-year-old wisdom sustains and motivates me whenever I am stuck. I feel grateful for this wonderful son of ours who, having recovered from two spinal surgeries, his father’s transition from home to nursing home, the car accident that injured so many and was his fault ….

For all of the above reasons I prefer to thunk rather than think because too much thinking can do your head in whereas thunking allows you to step aside. It might be just a tiny step (an ‘i’ to a ‘u’) but it makes a hell of a difference!


17 responses to “‘Thunking’

  1. Colline says:

    Sometimes our children have a lot of wisdom to share – we just have to listen 🙂

  2. shoreacres says:

    I thunked you had quit blogging, but I just saw you over at Lynda’s. So, I came here to look, and here you be. So, now I be here, too. I’m glad to have your posts to look forward to again!

  3. tootlepedal says:

    I thunk that you are quite right.

  4. Terry says:

    Ah Ha! I see you have come to a stage it took me too many months to get too. The realization that you have some freedom with time and your thoughts!!!! It feels good doesn’t it!!!

  5. I like that an ‘I’ to ‘U’ (you).
    great stuff
    PS. We were crossing over last night, me still up at 3 am, you just going to bed 🙂

  6. aFrankAngle says:

    What’s so exciting about getting up at 3:10 am? If that happened to me, that would mean I would have been awake since 1:30 am … ouch!

  7. I think you hit on something brilliant with thunking, Julie! ❤
    Diana xo

  8. Yeah there is often something to be said for the advice of our children, live for today, do what we want to do (as long as it doesn’t hurt someone else) and be happy

  9. susanpoozan says:

    Good advice from your son.

  10. I’m thunking on this one Julie.

  11. I love your concept! I will be thunking from now on whenever I feel the blues or the stresses coming, excellent mindsaving technique! Hugs Jules xxoxoxox

  12. Rhonda says:

    Who’da thunkit? 🙂 My favorite night shirt says “Do what makes you happy” So….do that! Love ya Jules..xoxo

  13. Trisha says:

    I love Ming’s philosophy! And your concept of thunking instead of thinking. I will try to embrace both!

  14. i envy you so! i have terrible sleep habits that have just gotten worse and i feel so guilty! i am going to try the philosophy of thunking more:)

  15. Tiny says:

    You are thunking really well, Julie! Loved this post!

  16. The best thunking is done in the middle of the night.
    Because when everyone else is sleeping there isn’t as much noise, and thoughts that are wandering about in the air can be clearly heard and thunk without distraction. 🙂

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