Saturday, October 18, 2008

Happy Thoughts

Who we are is usually an expression of what we believe and how we behave. But what if we don’t know who we are? What if we’re not sure where we’re going in this life? Then we have a dilemma.

A wise man once said, “As a man thinks, so is he.” This suggests that we are “what” we think.

Do we ever stop to listen to what we think? Our minds are filled with conflicting thoughts, e.g. reassurance, correction, encouragement, as well as discouraging thoughts like; "you’re too fat, ugly, stupid," and the list goes on. We all experience negative thoughts. The important thing is…which thoughts will we believe and live by?

Stuff happens, you know? It’s how we react to the stuff in our lives that determines our level of happiness. There is a time and place for everything. Everything that happens to us has a purpose. If even to build character in us, it’s a worthwhile end. Many refer to the unwanted events in our lives as stepping stones or stumbling blocks. We either step over them, or let them stop us. Hopefully we learn to keep walking.

Everything in our being wants to react. We want to lash out, put people in their place, stop what’s happening, or make sure it’s going to happen our way. But there’s only so much we control in this life. It’s better to act, than react. Regardless of how we think or feel about the situation. It’s better to try to do the right thing, to support, encourage and help. You only have one chance at a response, let's make it a good one.

We have to change our mindsets and act effectively to bring about the right result. It helps to remember that everyone has down days, but it does not mean we’re stupid, thoughtless or whatever else we dish up to ourselves. We have a responsibility towards ourselves and each other to think responsibly and truthfully. We all need to be loved and accepted, and so we need to love and accept others.

We reap what we sow…so plant good thoughts in your mind, and reap a happier healthier mind!