Contemplating Thoughts

Here is what some of the greatest minds have said about thoughts:

“As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” ~Proverbs 23:7
“Change your thoughts and you change your world.” ~Norman Vincent Peale
“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits.” ~Lao-Tzu
“Nurture your mind with great thoughts, for you will never go any higher than you think.” ~Benjamin Disraeli
“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” ~Marcus Aurelius

This morning, I’m thinking about thoughts. Do we set ourselves up for success or failure, happiness or unhappiness, with the thoughts we allow to run rampant in our heads?

Do our thoughts create our world? Or do our thoughts merely color our perspective of the world and those around us? And… is there a difference? Is there a way to disengage from our thoughts—from what we think is real—and see Truth?

Can we change our lives merely by changing our thoughts? If, say, a person with a negative attitude focuses on banishing pessimistic thoughts for, say, thirty days, will that person become a more positive and happy individual? Or is there an inescapable “Eeyore” gene that some people inherit?

How is a positive, upbeat person able to remain so, even with all the dark and scary things going on in the world? Is such a person deluding herself? Is hope a product of an optimistic mind? Should everyone strive for such a mind?

Interesting questions. And, no, I don’t have any answers. Yet. If you have some answers or opinions, please leave them in the comment section. I promise to contemplate your comments!

1 comment:

C.J. Miller said...

Wow, these are some thought-provoking questions. I don't have all the answers, but I believe in the power of positive thinking because it can move us to act in kind.

I choose the lens through which I see the world and where I will focus that lens.