Life is a mirror of your consistent thoughts.
Last Saturday I was invited to a luncheon with folks that I worked with when I retired from the computer industry more than 25 years ago. There were only a couple of people there that I had seen since then. It was not without some trepidation that I agreed to go. My fear was that the people that were much younger when we last met may not have aged well and I might like to remember them as they were.
Boy was I mistaken, what I found was a group of positive and interesting people who have aged well, losing none of their luster, in fact the patina that comes with age served them well. There were a lot of people missing of course, some are probably no longer with us and others may have let them let age put them in the doldrums. But these people exuded a optimistic attitude towards their lives and their enthusiasm was infectious.
Because of what I saw I dug into the archives and found an article I had saved from the Wings for the Heart Blog that I offer in the spirit of my luncheon experience.
Positive Thinking is a Choice
I have bad days. I get cranky without enough sleep, and I drink too much coffee to make up for it. I get caught in traffic jams, deal with rude people, and feel exasperated when things don't go according to plan. I'm just like you! But I also choose to look on the bright side as often as I can. Why? Because it makes me feel happier. And that is why I write so much about positive thinking, optimism, and the other motivational topics I cover. I want you to feel happier too.
I fear that I have given the impression that being optimistic means that we won't ever have challenges to overcome, or obstacles to get through; that our lives will become beautiful expressions of divine purpose if we can just get our thoughts in order. It's just not true.
The greatest secret of life is learning how to love each moment despite our challenges. It's learning to cherish the good times, and push determinedly through the rough patches. It's learning to overcome pessimism and doubt, and focus on joy and faith. I truly believe that we attract the types of experiences we have according to the types of thoughts we focus on the most.
But let's put that aside and instead think about it this way: it just FEELS better to be happy and optimistic, rather than angry and pessimistic. Doesn't it?
Think about the best day you've ever had, and the worst day you can remember. Then compare how you felt on each day. Which would you choose if you had to set a theme for your life?
In the end, it's all about choices. Just like we can choose which clothing to wear each day, we can choose our mood and attitude. We can choose whether to create a life of joy, or a life of sorrow. It's up to us, moment to moment. No, I'm not "always" upbeat and happy. But most of the time, I do choose to be.
When you truly take control of your thoughts, your life changes in incredible ways.
Practice hope. As hopefulness becomes a habit, you can achieve a permanently happy spirit.
Norman Vincent Peale
Heard at the senior center:
My supply of brain cells is finally down to a manageable size.
My secrets are safe with my friends because they can't remember them either.
My joints are more accurate meteorologists than the national weather service.
"Real friends are those who, when you feel you've made a fool of yourself, don't feel you've done a permanent job."
She said: "I've got 3 TVs, cable, & a satellite dish; I have 3 phone lines in the house, a cell phone & one in the car, plus a pager. I use 2 computers, 3 ISPs and a fax. I subscribe to two daily papers & one weekly one. I watch both the local & network news every evening. And my kids have the nerve to tell me I'm out of touch!"
"If you were arrested for being kind........would there be enough evidence to convict you?"
The banker had called the man in to talk about his account. "Your financial affairs are in a big mess! Your wife constantly overdraws your account. She is behind in her charge accounts at the department store, and her check stubs are all added wrong. So...why don't you talk to her about it?"
"Because...." said the man, "I would rather argue with you than with her."
"Any fool can criticize, condemn, and complain -- and most fools do."
The cruise ship docked at a Mexican port during a very high tide. Everyone on board was forced to use the ship's narrow gangplank as a passageway to the dock far below. The staff stood motionless when a passenger in her 70s appeared at the top of the plank. There wasn't room for anyone to assist her, so she edged along slowly and finally made it to the dock safely, to everyone's relief. As she stepped down, she turned, looked back to the top of the gangplank and shouted, "It's okay, Mother, you can come down now."
Moses dragged us for forty years through the desert to bring us to the one place in the Middle East where there was no oil.
"Normal" is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work, driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to the job that you need so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day in order to afford to live in it. So why be normal??
You must arrange in advance for pleasant memories.
The customer in the Italian restaurant was so pleased that he asked to speak to the chef. The owner proudly led him into the kitchen and introduced him to the chef.
"Your veal parmigiana was superb," the customer said. "I just spent a month in Italy, and yours is better than any I ever had over there."
"Naturally," the chef said. "Over there, they use domestic cheese. Ours is imported."
Plant the seed of desire in your mind and it forms a nucleus with power to attract to itself everything needed for its fulfillment.
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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