Richard J. Chandler

Composer for Performing Musicians

The value of reflection and the benefit of thinking more deeply before taking action

Take Two+ Tuesday
A Quote, a Thought + an Enriching Link

Thought: I have been pondering the value of reflection and the benefit of thinking more deeply before taking action. Productive thinking requires discerning between various types of thinking, and worry and rumination are very different than objective, thoughtful analysis. 

The best way to engage in the latter is by using a notepad, journal, or a computer to download thoughts, so they are no longer inside but instead outside, to be looked at, examined, and evaluated. I call this “Brain Downloading.”

Once you have downloaded your thoughts onto paper or a computer file, you can remind yourself that you no longer need to think about ideas that you can now objectively examine. Please check out my short article about brain downloading here.

+ An Artistic Link: This 2+ minute film shows the very short life cycles of mushrooms supported by a nice music groove.


“Do not pursue what is illusory – property and position: all that is gained at the expense of your nerves decade after decade and can be confiscated in one fell night. Live with a steady superiority over life – don’t be afraid of misfortune, and do not yearn after happiness; it is after all, all the same: the bitter doesn’t last forever, and the sweet never fills the cup to overflowing.”

– Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, novelist, philosopher, historian, short story writer and political prisoner

More quotes and a one-paragraph concise bio of Aleksandr Solzhenitsynare here on our website.