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Chances are that every day you shower, and brush your teeth and try to do something with your hair. Oh no, wait, that’s me. You might have different bathing habits, but still, chances are you do something towards keeping that great bod of yours clean and well cared for.
Even if it’s not jumping in the lake, I bet it’s a habit you never give a second thought to. You just do it, it’s a physical action you take. You have a habit of thought that leads you to act.
Our habits of thought might be hard to catch in our mind, but they are ‘writ large’ all around us; in every event and circumstance we encounter, in every person we’re involved with, in every action we take.
That’s the good and the bad news. It’s good because all our thoughts are out there in all their glory for the whole world to see. It’s bad because all our thoughts are out there….etc etc. And some of them aren’t all that pretty to look at. Or am I speaking for myself here? Okay, mine haven’t always been pretty to look it. In fact some of them have been about as useful as a chocolate teapot. Not good news for a Brit who likes a nice cuppa.
Too bad we don’t have an off switch for our mind, it’s pretty much an energizer bunny, it just keeps on going. So many useless thoughts. Worries, anxieties, negativity, fear…as I said lots of useless thoughts.
I’m not saying fear doesn’t have its place, it’s pretty useful when you’re in a jungle being chased by lions…memo to self…when on safari don’t jump out of jeep to see the lions.
If your thoughts are fearful or focused on obstacles, difficulties, and challenges it’s fairly certain that your life experiences reflect that. It’s a cool system. Life is like a gigantic mirror designed to reveal us, to us. Not so we are miserable, or unhappy or struggling, but so we can look at it all and say…huh, I don’t think so…not in my world and then set about changing some of those old thoughts, we didn’t even know we had…at least until we looked at our life.
It seems to come down to the same thing time and time again. Keep your attention on what you want. Unless we choose what we’re going to think, we’re choosing to accept our default patterns of thought…good…or bad. And when you see something wonderful and new in your world, give yourself a pat on the back, you’ve changed a habit of thought.
Encourage each other.