Thursday, May 21, 2009

Thoughts Aplenty

The title says it all really. I have too much in my head that I want...need to write about. I just don't have the time, or the space in this blog to share everything I'm hearing in my head. So for now, I'm just checking in to let you know I haven't dropped off the face of the earth. And please, allow me to share one thought below.

"A penny for your thoughts." I've heard it once or twice. "If I may put my two cents in," is another phrase (or something similar) I hear a lot. Both of these phrases is related to talking and sharing thoughts. Why do we say these phrases? Why do we use cents as our denominator in these phrases? Lets do some math.

If I'm giving you a penny for your thoughts, and I'm putting in my two cents in, I'm out three cents. If this pattern occurs 10 times a day, I'm out 30 cents. Over the course of the week I'm now short a cup of coffee at Perkins. Take that $2.10 per week over the course of a month and I'm out Bacon Burger meal at Culvers. Over the course of a year, I'm now short more than $100. WOW!!! This thinking thing is getting expensive.

Conversely, if someone is giving me this type of money, do I really want the three cents? And where is the money I'm receiving coming from? And if someone is willing to pay me, can I get a down payment for the next 20 years of my thoughts?