You're Never Really Alone

Thought Experiment Thursday

How many people do you think of on any given day?

Not because you meet them or they contact you, as in, “I just got a text from John, I hope he is doing well.” I’m talking about fleeting, split-second appearances. “That girl’s hair reminds me of Reena’s.” You might not even articulate the thought.

Actually, you might not even recall their name. They just walk through your mind. A mental image that flashes for a few seconds, then it’s gone.

I used to think that about 10-20 people popped into my head each day. But then, I paid attention. I counted. I pulled the cameo appearances into the light. After a few days, I realized: The number is a lot higher than I thought.

Now, I’m pretty sure I think of 50-100 people. Can you imagine? One. Hundred. People. That I think of. In my own, small head. Every single day.

You know what that means, don’t you? If dozens of people show up in my mind each day, there’s a good chance dozens of people show up in yours. And if you’re thinking about that many people, so is everyone else.

If you think of 100 people every day, one way or another, 100 people are thinking of you.

Somewhere out there, be it right down the street or thousands of miles away, someone is sending a tiny burst of energy your way. Not exactly every 15 minutes, but dozens of times a day.

You are more than your thoughts. You’re also plenty of other people’s.

It might not always feel that way, but trust me: You’re never really alone.


About Thought Experiment Thursday: Einstein said we can’t solve our problems with the same thinking that created them. Science estimates we have about 35 thoughts per minute. That’s a lot of chances to change our thinking. So on Thursdays, that’s what we’ll practice.

A question opens the mind. A statement closes it. Let’s keep ours wide open.

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