Metaphorical Smoking

I’m ashamed to say, I’ve always admired smokers. That instant when they light up and take a deep breath before answering a question always seems to promise so much more wisdom than the rest of us, who just blurt out what’s in our heads as soon as the question is over. I guess it’s why candy cigarettes were so de rigeur in the playground.
So, here’s an idea: metaphorical smoking.
Maybe that’s a big part of what planning is about. Stopping for a minute to breathe great clouds of pale blue smoke expansively through your hypothetical nostrils, and ask, to yourself or aloud, whether this course of action we’re rushing off down is really worth doing.

You could inspired laziness, or ‘putting your foot on the ball’. But isn’t it better to be right than to look busy?

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