What Were You Thinking?

We would probably be a lot happier if we could manage to think about what we’re doing, at the time we’re doing it.


Recently, I was very nearly run down by a woman driving a minivan in a grocery store parking lot.

As I watched my apparent doom racing toward me, I clearly saw that she (the driver) was looking away from the windshield, apparently fascinated by something inside the cabin of her vehicle.

Fortunately, I narrowly (miraculously) escaped an intense encounter with her front bumper. I shouted, she looked shocked, and we both went our way.

“What was she thinking?” I wondered.

The simple answer is: she was thinking about something other than what she was doing.

It seems to me we spend a lot of time thinking about things other than what we’re doing: checking e-mail while we’re talking on the phone, talking on the phone while we’re driving our car, reading while eating, and so forth.

Perhaps we would be happier (not to mention safer) if we could simply manage to do what we are doing when we are doing it.

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19 thoughts on “What Were You Thinking?

  1. This is SO true. It’s sad to see so many people interacting with their phones instead of engaging with their environment. I live in a big city without a car, but I used to take my phone or ipod when I walked the dog. Then I realized the dog didn’t appreciate being ignored and let me know in no uncertain terms! I’ve had some wonderful conversations with strangers who also left their phones behind and the dog behaves much better. 😉

  2. I use to think people were just so busy because of the choices they made — bigger house and the need that both parents work out of the home as a result. Both need a car. Bills, bills, bills! As I age, though, I believe most people are so busy multitasking at least in part because they are truly afraid of what would surface in their consciousness if they failed to keep their bodies and minds busy at all times. I wonder how many people are comfortable with silence, contemplative prayer (not the wrote format of busy prayer) and extended periods of time alone.

  3. Somehow I don’t think that when we reach the end of our lives we will say, “I wish I spent more time with my phone.” Yet the gravitational and adrenalin pull is so strong. Mine’s in the kitchen when I’m at home, and I find that I check it whenever I go down there. Am thinking of turning it off and hiding it in the drawer. 🙂

  4. I certainly can empathize with you…It seems everyone is busier with their electronic devices than who they are with. Statistics show driving while texting is worse than DIU in probability of having a serious accident – and most of us don’t DUI (I hope!)

  5. Don’t get me started on this subject. I don’t like being angry, but this is one that shreds my nerves. In fact, I better stop now before I get all wound-up again. Lets just all be more mindful about our ‘techno gadget’ habits.