William Graham Sumner offers a useful summary of critical thinking:
Critical thinking is the examination and test of propositions of any kind which are offered for acceptance, in order to find out whether they correspond to reality or not. The critical faculty is a product of education and training. It is a mental habit and power. It is a prime condition of human welfare that men and women should be trained in it. It is our only guarantee against delusion, deception, superstition, and misapprehension of ourselves and our earthly circumstances.
Wednesday afternoon the 4th Motorola Q that I had died. Verizon has always replaced each dead Moto Q with a new one, so I have to give Verizon some credit for great customer service. I was pretty angry, but polite and they offered to replace it with a new Blackberry 8703e. It is taking some getting used to, and I miss how slick the Moto Q felt and even some of the really nice features. It was a nice 7 months when it worked. I'm looking foreword to getting the Crackberry customized with programs and setting it up. Time will tell if I like the Berry or not. It has great reviews and I haven't seen anything that I dislike.
I've been told to "Let go and let God," meaning that I shouldn't worry about the things I have no control over and I know it's true, but putting it into action is another story. My mother told me once that all of us Carignans think too much, and she might be right. I need to think more about the here and now and enjoy things while they last. Now how do I put that into action? I'm sitting here with my little dog, Candy Cane, worrying to much and not enjoying her company. She's a beautiful little female MinPin. We've had her for four years and she was already very old when we rescued her. She's very affectionate and lovable. I need to pay more attention to the people and pets that love me most. I'm sometimes so ashamed that it's difficult to love back. Atleast to people. I always feel like I'm going to make myself too vulnerable and get hurt. I need to love more and worry less. Feel and not be ashamed of my feelings. I stuff and keep everything in. It sucks. Why do I hide so much of who I am behind such crap? I don't know. I shouldn't be so down on myself. I think I'm doing a pretty good job with Izzy. That's important!
The kids really showed me how well they could behave today. The day just flew by and the next thing I knew it was time to go home. When I got home, Marty and Lonnie, my In-Laws, came over for dinner. It is their 46th Wedding Anniversary. We had roast beef, mashed potatoes, peas and a salad. I feel stuffed! The house was way too loud with everyone making noise. I really need some quiet time now. Good Night!