Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Living Happy #7: You Are What You Think About

"If you think you can do a thing, or think you can't do a thing--you're right."

~Henry Ford

Computer people will know the old saying, "garbage in, garbage out."  It means if you're unhappy with what you're getting out of your computer, you should probably look at what's going into it.  The same thing is true of the human mind.

As I said earlier in this series, if you want to be happy, you have to decide to be happy.  The place you have to start is in your own head--you have to clean out all that negative clutter that's accumulated up there over the years.  That's going to take some work, but your mood is determined by the things you're thinking about.  You can't be a happy person if you're being driven by unhappy thoughts.  If you're going through life believing nothing will ever get better--nothing ever will.  If you feel like a victim--then you are a victim.  If you think you'll never get a handle on your life or figure out what your purpose is--you certainly won't.

We don't give ourselves time to think--time to process.  We are always doing something in today's world--dumping more and more information into a brain that's already overloaded.  It gives us no time to reflect, to think, to plan, to understand why our reactions to things are the way they are.  When we start understanding the way we think, we will begin to understand ourselves better, and be able to control the way we think.  And the result of being in control of our thoughts is peace.

Set some time aside every day to think.  Not while you're listening to music.  Not while you're doing laundry.  Not while you're surfing the internet.  Sit down in a nice quiet place and do some thinking.  Get to know yourself.  It's amazing what you might learn about yourself if you take a little time to get to know yourself.

One thing I do know for certain is that it's important to know yourself, because you'll never find peace and happiness on Earth until you find it first inside your own head. 

~Todd E. Creason

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