Country beauty

I heard a speaker once say… ‘I become what I think about all day long and once you know that what you think about is what expands, you start getting real careful about what you think about. You don’t allow your thoughts to be on anything that you don’t want.’ And I’ve been a believer ever since.
There’s a decision inside us, a positive or negative one, that chooses what our eyes will see, what our hearts will believe about our lives and about the people within it. Do you believe the world is full of ugly, hateful people? Or do you see the beauty and kindness all around you? Both are there, and yet there are those who choose to focus solely on the bad and then they have no choice but to live in the world they create. Because like a magnet, negative can only attract negative and inversly it can only repel positive.
And if we really understand, truly grasped how our thoughts dictate the very world around us, how what we let our minds become consumed with is exactly what our lives will manifest… we would guard our minds so much more closely. I think we’d protect them as fiercely as a mother bear protects its baby cubs. Because it’s exactly that important.
No doubt, it’s a lot of work, shoveling out the bad when it tries to encroach into our space. Especially when it’s being bulldozed upon you, by the media or by people in our lives. But we have a choice… to limit that space to a minimum and instead fill it with things that expand our soul instead of smothering it.
Sometimes we need a reminder that we’ve been bogged down for far too long. We forget that despite what others say we need to listen to, that it’s our choice, our decision on what we choose to fix our minds on and there’s a consequence for it all.
If we only focus on the broken parts within us all, we can’t appreciate the strength it takes to stay standing after you’ve been damaged. And we could talk about the junk that others leave piled next to us or we can consider the peace that comes when they’re gone. Or we could look entirely at the lines cut carelessly into us by others or we can see beyond that to the light that still glows.
And no… choosing the latter may not mend what’s been marred or battered or even broken, but it certainly does make it possible to step back and appreciate how it all can create something beautiful. You just have to let yourself see it.

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3 Responses to Spirits

  1. Brian says:

    I was just thinking the other day about the Bible verses from Philippians that say, “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things,” and how what we think about has a definite cause-and-effect cycle.

    In “My Stroke of Insight” by Jill Bolte Taylor, a renowned brain scientist who suffered a stoke, the author discusses how our repetitive thought patterns (she calls them “brain loops”) actually create pathways in our brains that become permanent parts of our biology. That had a big impact on me, even though I am still guilty of dwelling on the negative much of the time.

    P.S. Glad to see you are still occasionally blogging. I get depressed thinking about all of the blog buddies I have had over the years who just slowly disappeared. Hope you are doing well!

    • Chris says:

      Hi Brian!! That is crazy to think that our brains physically change based on our thoughts. We give little thought to how our internal dialogue dictates our future but it’s one of the biggest contributing factors. It’s hard to take ownership of our lives and say it’s not so much a matter of luck as it is the choices we make, and in turn the thoughts we have before those choices. But we’re all a work in progress, right?

      I’ve often thought about all the great blogs I’ve followed over the years that have vanished!! I don’t have as much time as I’d like to write on mine but it’s still here 🙂 Do you still have your blog? I haven’t been able to find it. I hope you’re doing great!

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