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Some of The Things We Do in Life That Doesn't Require us to Think

Updated on March 29, 2015
Putting on heels
Putting on heels

Can we live without thinking?

I am going straight to "the heart of the matter." How many times in your daily life have you did something totally without thinking? And I mean every syllable of the word, "totally"?

No, guys. I am not singling you out on this "not thinking," for we know that us guys are famous for acts done and things said without using the first brain cell. I will not use the phrase, "all of us guys," just mostly us guys for a lot of guys I know "can" and "do" think before, during, and after the said act or saying of a certain phrase. No wonder that these guys wear a prideful smile on their mugs every day.

Sure wish that I were one of them.

Drinking coffee alone or with friends
Drinking coffee alone or with friends
Laughing at jokes, or someone else
Laughing at jokes, or someone else

We have to learn plus think

The list of things cast in pictures (to the right) are common things we all do completely without thinking. But before we learned how to do them, there was that time when our confidence was shallow and fear controlled how we started to drink a cup of coffee which ended with the coffee spilled mostly on our shirts and not in our cup. It might have been the fear of something hot that we, as children had been taught would burn us and we would be taken to the emergency room.

The same principle is applied to drinking a cup of cold water, but we soon learn that cold water, even if spilled, will not burn us or send us for medical help. So with a few more trials with fewer errors, we learn to drink the delicious, refreshing water. Then we feel as if we have conquered a new continent due to our new-found confidence.

Brushing teeth
Brushing teeth
Applying lipstick
Applying lipstick
Gorging ourselves on good food
Gorging ourselves on good food

Things like driving takes a lot more confidence, plus a new area of wisdom: Patience. When put together and with practice, we master the automobile. So to speak.

I find unravelling a simple area of life fascinating. Don't you?

But not to leave any hub unwritten, I want to list a few more things that besides (the things in the photos to the right) or those I mentioned in the beginning of the piece . . .

Some of The Things We Do in Life That Doesn't Require us to Think

  • Laughing
  • Cursing
  • Yelling
  • Running
  • Hiding
  • Telling a lie to keep us out of trouble
  • Cheering loudly at a sporting event
  • Whistling loudly at a beauty pageant
  • Watching re-runs all day of the same show that we can quote the scipt word for word
  • Taking another 30-minute nap although it will make you late for work
  • Helping yourself to an extra 15-minutes of your lunch hour for you working so hard
  • Putting an higher-charge on your company expense account
  • Walking away from a bully beating the life out of a weaker person
  • Being quick to listen to an ugly rumor about a coworker, neighbor or friend (especially if the person is a woman and you are a man)
  • Going an extra 15 miles per hour because you are late for work and although you are breaking the speed limit.
  • Reading one of my lists in hopes you will come away with a new-found wisdom about life

Am I right?

Note: What I need for you to do is list something YOU do without thinking that I have not mentioned in this hub and put it in a comment box at the bottom. Thanks.

Is this girl really thinking about what she is doing?


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    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Hi, Tricia,

      Amen. I never thought of that. But you are right. Thanks so much for commenting. Have a Happy Easter and come back anytime.

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      Tricia Deed 

      3 years ago

      Many activities which we do routinely are done without thinking. Those times are best for creative thinking, day dreaming, or cat napping.

    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      Hi. How are you. I wish I had thought of driving. That is a tremendous thought. Thanks.

      Come back and visit anytime.


    • kenneth avery profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenneth Avery 

      3 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama


      So glad I was able to help. Now to be able to nap and be unconscious while writing one hub after the other. LOL.

      Thanks for your visit.


    • Jennifer Mugrage profile image

      Jennifer Mugrage 

      3 years ago from Columbus, Ohio

      Driving. When we know the route really well, we often drive without using the conscious part of our brain.

      Our brains are able to automate tasks that we do frequently. This is useful for stuff like brushing our teeth (it saves time), but kind of dangerous when we're on the road.

    • tirelesstraveler profile image

      Judy Specht 

      3 years ago from California

      You have confirmed my idea that you don't have to think.


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