what is the word, please?

what is the word, in any language, for that set of thoughts to which you drift when time and occasion allow? these are not obsessive or otherwise unwanted thoughts, but rather, metaphorically, more like a comfortable chair and the sitting you do there. for me, this “thing” lately is the introduction i’ll provide to enrolled freshman on the first day of our fall seminar. for a friend, it might be the various rearrangements of furniture she could perform in the living room. for my mother, i suspect it is a set of thoughts about the great dishes she has, and will make. so, regardless of the content, what does one call this “thing”?

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4 responses to “what is the word, please?

  1. This is kind of a stoner question, isn’t it? But I have to admit I’ve sought out that word myself. I like to think of it as my default thoughts. You have to imagine there’s some beautiful French phrase for it though.

  2. It sounds like you’re talking about a reverie, but that’s not quite right…since the reverie is more the act than the ‘thing.’

  3. Jenn Lena

    At ye ol wikipedia, reverie leads to daydream, which is a possible solution, although the stub points out a lack of consensus among psychologists as to the underlying phenomena. It is also discouraging that “absent mindedness”, “pipedream”, “escapism”, and “dreams” are in the “see also” list. That suggests this is a blind alley.
    Also, “Cuando no tengo nada que hacer pienso en la inmortalidad del cangrejo”?

  4. Jenn Lena

    I was thinking the Germans would know.

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