The thing about things
A thing is still a thing, even if nothing is said about that thing. Thing is, it probably doesn't matter very much. Unless, that is, you are the conscious awareness of the thing. In that case, you are the creator of thing's existence.
When a thing shrinks into itself, it maintains it's thing status, albeit occupying less actual space than the thing occupied before.
And when a thing makes a decision, every decision the thing didn't make splits off into another thing's existence.
Everything is a thing. Everything is some thing. Any thing knows that.