Sunday, August 20, 2006

THE HOMELAND

'Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behavior.
Keep your behavior positive, because your behaviors become your habits.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny.'
-
Mahatma Gandhi

Thoughts are the most important events to take place in anyone's life. The next most important thing is the way in which we manage them. Think about the following question for a second:

Who are you? You don't need to go too far into this, I'm not asking you about your spirituality, keep it straight forward, how would you describe yourself in one small paragraph?

Ok, let me tell you now, that is not who you are. That is who you think you are. But what if I were to tell you that you are who you think you are. Read that again. You are who you think you are. In other words you are what you think.

If you're having a crap day, it's not because the day is crap. Someone else in the same house living practically the same life may be having a good day. Why are they having a good day and you're having a crap day. The only possible logical reason is that you've got a head full of crap thoughts. Ok, so you got dumped by your girlfriend/boyfriend, or you missed your favourite TV show, or you had a run in with the boss at work. Those are factors that will influence how you feel, and sometimes it's healthy to feel crap. But those influences don't dictate your life, they are nothing more than influence. If you dwell on those negative thoughts for longer than needs be, then you're prolonging your feeling of crapness. When you prolong your feeling of crapness you head into all kinds of problems: depression, stress, anxiety, etc.

This is fundamental. If you are what you think, then you can think yourself back to feeling good. You can think yourself back to feeling positive. You don't need to go anywhere, you don't need to spend money on a magic cure, you just need to manage your thoughts. Right now I'm not going so far as to tell you how to manage your thoughts precisely, this will no doubt be covered in several entries. I only include this article as the opener because it's the fundamental starting ground, it's the holy grail, and if you can at the very least keep this in mind you'll be heading off on the right foot. Good thoughts will equate to a good life. Your thoughts are everything that you are, do and see, they are your home, so look after them.


2 Comments:

Anonymous Sophia said...

Interesting blog, mico. I think the Gandhi quote set the scene well. I do agree with a lot of what you have written; we are what we think we are. I liked your example of 2 people with similar experiences; one will say it's a good day while the other will think they are having a bad day so it does depend on how you see things. Sometimes we don't appreciate what we have and can focus on the negative sides. I am working on improving the way that I think about things; I have been thinking more positively over the last couple of months or so and have noticed improvements in several areas of my life: in the way I see things, in my confidence, being more active and having more fun!. I look forward to more of your blog entries!

10:17 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree :)

But at the same time, I think we are NOT our thoughts. Its easy to think all the negativity inside our heads is us, but its not, its just a thought. Any emotion we feel, is connected to a thought we have. If we can change our thoughts, then we can change our emotions. Its obvious, but one of the revelations I had is that emotions and how we feel dont just happen to us. We CHOOSE them. Be it consciously or unconsciously.

Thats why I think your post is KEY. If you have a healthy attitude, positive, optimistic, one of abundance and not lack, one of accepting our current position but knowing we could grow, making mistakes but not being hard on ourself.

Ace entry Mico.

5:07 pm  

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