Western Bluebird, Female © Photo by Steve Kaye

How to Think | June 2024

Do you think?

Western Bluebird, Female © Photo by Steve Kaye

Western Bluebird, Female, who encourages you to think

Of course everyone responds, “Yes! I think.”

Okay, good.

Now, here’s how to make thinking work for you.

✏️ Think Questions

Thinking is the process of asking yourself questions and then answering them. And so, thinking becomes powerful when you ask yourself good questions. That’s because good questions lead to useful answers.

By the way, the key to finding a better idea is to ask a better question.

✏️ Write Your Thoughts

Thinking becomes most effective when you write your thoughts. Then you can review, revise, and (best of all) retain your thoughts.

Remembering your ideas is important because then you can use them.

People who skip this step often forget their ideas. And they achieve less.

✏️ Write Conversations

Writing conversations is an especially powerful thinking process.

For example, I have written conversations with my wise self, my foolish self, my ancestors, departed friends, and my parents. Each of these brings a different personality to a conversation.

When writing conversations, I use one pen for myself and other pens for the other voices.

✏️ Play

Give yourself permission to play, to rant, and to explore when writing.

I write “The Freedom to Play” on the inside cover of each journal.

✏️ Write Lists

Write lists of answers.

Life is a multiple-answer test. So there are many answers to every personal question.

When writing lists, let your mind go. That is, write everything from good answers to bad answers, from correct answers to wrong answers, from possible answers to impossible answers.

Often odd answers help you find better answers.

Then review your list to select the best, easiest, most useful.

✏️ Try This Process

Take out a piece of paper. Or a journal. Even a paper bag will do.

Then pick up a pen. Or a  pencil. Even a crayon will do.

Take a deep breath. And write one word.

That one word will beg for another. And now you are on your way to creating a masterpiece.

I have written more than 2,300 poems, most that appeared when I wrote one word.

I’ve written articles, blogs, and books. They all began with one word.

And I’ve used this thinking process to find solutions, inspiration, and encouragement.

✏️ Inspiration

Try these tips.

You will be amazed by what you accomplish.

Much success,

Steve Kaye

Find More at:

Answers – Where to find answers

March – A conversation with the month of March

Conversation with a Song Sparrow – Another conversation that appeared while writing in my journal

Did You Know?

The most effective way to help birds is to buy land.

Here are three organizations that excel at doing this.

1) American Bird Conservancy

2) The Nature Conservancy

3) The Trust for Public Land

Please visit their web sites to learn about the work they do.

Here’s an excellent book: The American Bird Conservancy Guide to Bird Conservation

You can help – Please share this blog with others.
Inspiring Respect for Nature, one bird at a time.

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  • Daphne Radenhurst
    Posted at 11:00h, 29 June

    Thank you Steve for this brilliant exposition on thinking and the art of thinking. I actually do think quite a lot, but many of your tips and advice I find to be very good and useful. I feel I shall print it out and keep it by me as a handy reminder.. Thank you again for your timely wisdom.

  • Eileen Brownell
    Posted at 12:50h, 29 June

    Steve…I love this! What a super exercise. It brings one to a greater depth of thought and creativity. As always you are so brilliant with your writing and teaching. Thank you!

  • Kaye Catherine
    Posted at 13:43h, 29 June

    A very creative approach to finding solutions, encouragement, and inspiration. Thank you for sharing such a fun process!

  • Leslie Charles
    Posted at 02:23h, 30 June

    Steve, I think a lot on paper and ask a lot of questions. The tip you gave about writing one word is something I haven’t yet practiced. I write prompts sometimes but the one word idea is intriguing. I’m gonna do it. Thank you!

  • Chris Heusser
    Posted at 13:02h, 09 July

    With a ton of luck I may even follow those suggestions on paper. I know I will process some of them in my mind.
    Thanks for taking the time to communicate your wisdom with the greater world

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