When we are confronted with something or someone new we often retreat into ourselves a bit or get defensive. Thoughtful observation may do more for us than a knee-jerk response that might tend to reject the newness and consider it as something unappealing or even wrong for us. If we make our observation close and calm we might find that we’ve come across something important and valuable and rather than rejecting it, we could embrace it and learn something about our world and other worlds. Thinking and learning are never negative things, especially if are open to exploration and are tolerant of things differently than the way we are used to learning and thinking about things. Once we’ve opened our minds any number of possibilities for positive change or reinforcement of things as they are become possible, but we must be willing to think, without strong negative or positive bias, so that we can make choices knowledgeably or allow ourselves to enjoy what we see of the world around us. Thinking and being thoughtful are often viewed as being sad or negative, changing that viewpoint to quiet appreciation could do much to change the view that the act of thinking is a positive and enjoyable part of life rather than one that embodies sadness and devotion to a serious down feeling. Wouldn’t you rather look at thinking as a positive and pleasurable part of life than a necessarily somber thing to do?