Join the Pointless Overthinking Team of Writers!

By Troy Headrick Hi, everyone.  I’m writing to tell you about a wonderful opportunity.  Pointless Overthinking (PO) is currently looking for about three new writers to join its team of bloggers.  If you’re interested in applying for such a position, please continue reading. Before submitting work, please spend some time looking carefully at the sorts of writing... Continue Reading →

I Didn’t Have a Plan

By Troy Headrick It’s Friday afternoon.  The clock tells me it’s 4:25 p.m.  I yawn.  I stretch.  I stare at the ceiling for at least two minutes. It’s the napping hour.  I’d love to close my eyes, but I can’t, at least not for the next thirty plus minutes.  I’m at home, yet I’m working—“remotely.” ... Continue Reading →

Can Happiness Be Cultivated?

By Troy Headrick I’ve been writing about happiness recently.  This is the third (and final) installment in a series of pieces on this subject.  The first installment can be found here and second one, here. While prepping myself to write this, I began to think of analogies.  Can happiness be cultivated in the same way... Continue Reading →

Another Starry Night

By Troy Headrick A little more than a week ago, I published a piece about an extraordinary evening.  Last night, hoping to have a similar experience, I carried my chair outside again and sat.  The conditions were similar to what they had been a week earlier, so I had great expectations.  I sat for a... Continue Reading →

Questions of the Day: No. 540

By Troy Headrick Yesterday, on a hot day in South Texas, I spent a portion of the afternoon mowing the grass in my backyard.  While doing so, I witnessed something amazing.  In fact, what I saw made such an impression that it inspired the questions I’m about to put to you.  As soon I started... Continue Reading →

I Felt Happy

By Troy Headrick I hope you’re not expecting anything profound in this piece.  If those are your expectations, you’re likely to be disappointed.  Still, I encourage you to read on.  Some of you might find something of value in this blog. It’s summertime in Texas.  That means it’s hot.  Quite surprisingly, though, as I stepped... Continue Reading →

I’m Back

By Troy Headrick I’ve been gone from this blog for about a month, and now I’m back. A lot has happened during my absence.  So much, in fact, that I found it hard to write. Back in mid-July, my wife and I traveled to Egypt, her home country, for exactly two weeks.  We had plans... Continue Reading →

Question of the Day: No. 536

By Troy Headrick In just a few more days, I’ll be traveling to Egypt with my spouse.  We’ll do typical tourist stuff but also spend time visiting in-laws and hanging out at some of my old haunts.  I’m really looking forward to the trip. Azza, my wife, is from Cairo, but we’ll go to lots... Continue Reading →

Getting Started Again

By Troy Headrick Last weekend, I was able to spend some time with my father.  My wife and I drove up to Georgetown, Texas, the town where he and my stepmother live.  We arrived on Saturday evening and stayed with them until Monday afternoon. I have written about my dad elsewhere in this blog.  He... Continue Reading →

Two Kinds of People

By Troy Headrick It occurred to me, about a week or so ago, that I had an anniversary coming up.  On July 3, 2015, I arrived back in Texas after living seven years in Cairo, Egypt.  That means I’ve been in the United States, my home country, exactly six years. Of course, I brought my... Continue Reading →

Questions of the Day: No. 535

By Troy Headrick Regular readers of this blog know that many of the pieces posted here are examinations of culture, psychology, and human behavior (among many other sorts of topics).  In fact, the subtitle of the blog, “Understanding Ourselves and the World We Live In,” provides insight into what Pointless Overthinking is all about.  With... Continue Reading →

Let’s Talk about Skin Color

By Troy Headrick Race and racism are hot topics in America and likely elsewhere.  Just yesterday, Derek Chauvin, the police officer who murdered George Floyd, was sentenced to a bit more than twenty-two years in prison.  Not long ago, the nation memorialized the hundred-year anniversary of the Tulsa, Oklahoma, race massacre, one of the bloodiest... Continue Reading →

Question of the Day: No. 534

By Troy Headrick Exactly a week ago, I asked a question about creativity.  Today, I’d like to continue along those same lines with the following interrelated interrogatives:    Are you a creative person?  If so, what do you do?  Do you blog, paint, compose music, philosophize, or have some other creative pursuit? Please tell me about... Continue Reading →

Question of the Day: No. 533

By Troy Headrick From time to time, I like to go back and revisit things I published a long time ago on Pointless Overthinking.  Recently, while doing this sort of review, I reread this piece and thought that the title seemed like a great question to ask, so here goes… Where does creativity come from?... Continue Reading →

The Little Tabby

By Troy Headrick About a week and a half ago, at the end of a two-hour bike ride around our neighborhood, my wife came running into the house and said, “Come out!  I found a little kitten!”  I was just about to step into the shower, so I put my exercise gear back on and... Continue Reading →

Question of the Day: No. 531

By Troy Headrick This past weekend, I watched a couple of episodes of Family Pictures USA, a great program where the host, filmmaker Allen Thomas Harris, travels around America asking people to share old photos and talk about their ancestors and family histories.  One of those who showed pics and was interviewed made an interesting... Continue Reading →

On Work and Money: Part Two

By Troy Headrick If you haven’t already done so, you might want to have a look at part one.  That one was mostly about work.  This second piece will be more focused on money; although, work and money really go hand in hand because without the former, the latter is hard to come by. In... Continue Reading →

Questions of the Day: No. 529

By Troy Headrick These questions were inspired by “Self-Appreciation,” Betul Erbasi’s excellent blog.  In her piece, she tells the story of how she’s recently started giving herself verbal self-praise as a way of bolstering her self-love and self-esteem.  If you haven’t already read Betul’s article, I recommend that you have a look.  So, here are... Continue Reading →

On Work and Money: Part One

By Troy Headrick Earlier this week I read “The Shame that Keeps Us in Our Jobs,” an article by Paul Millerd, one of my LinkedIn contacts.  Millerd’s piece, about work, work culture, and money, got me thinking about a whole bunch of topics.  This blog is the result of that rumination. I want to begin... Continue Reading →

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