You are the origin of your thoughts. You think about what youchoose to think about. Moreover, you act on those thoughts. There is no action without the precursor of thought. Thought is the mother of every action.
If you accept this as true, how important is it to govern your thoughts?
If you think all day about how miserable your life is what are the chances that it will go from misery to joy?
If you think all day about how badly you feel what are the chances that you will feel good anytime soon?
My friend Gina recently told me a story about a woman she met on the street in Manhattan. Gina saw a statuesque woman up ahead of her dressed like a movie star from the 1940’s with high heels, straight seam stockings, a shimmering dress and a fancy hat walking with a bounce to her step and looking like Ann Miller in her prime. She was so intrigued by the fancy costume she hustled up next to the woman to have a closer look. That’s when she learned that this was not some young hipster but rather a 90 year old lady! Gina was amazed at the woman’s ability to even walk in those heels let alone with the spring in her step and confidence she exuded. She introduced herself and they chatted for a few minutes. The woman told Gina that she was indeed 90 years old and living alone but still danced and loved to dress well. Gina asked her how she managed to stay so youthful or something to that effect and the woman gave her the key to life and reinforced today’s message about thought. She said, “I wake up filled with joy and excited for the day.”
She may have conditioned herself to wake up that way but I promise you it was a choice at some point in her life. She could wake up lamenting her age or focusing on people she’s lost or her aloneness, but instead she wakes up filled with joy and excited for the day.
What are your thoughts upon facing a new day?
2014 Motto…“Mindful in Every Moment and Grateful for Every Day”