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The Thinking Man sculpture at Musée Rodin in Paris

In all things that you do, consider the end—Solon

This may sound like a broken record, but what we think about has total bearing on what direction our lives take. This is a huge and fundamental part of creating our reality. I will continue to tell myself this because it’s absolutely essential in my quest for a better life. Here’s a small example of wrong thinking that almost took me off course.

I had scraped the front bumper of my car.  ‘Oh, dear. Oh, dear,’ I thought. ‘Whatever shall I do?’ I know. I will imagine the worst possible scenario: I must take the extreme action of driving the car into a paint repair place and have them repaint my entire car at a tremendous cost. That was the only thought that entered my head.

I was about to take this wrong turn  when one of my intelligent friends said, ‘Before you do something completely unnecessary, why not try wiping the scrape with warm, soapy water.’ ‘What?’ I said. ‘That’s way too simple. It involves minimum effort and doesn’t inconvenience me in any way. How can this possibly work? Aren’t we powerless to the whims of fate and meant to suffer and face tremendous adversity in most circumstances?’

I got a bucket of warm, soapy water and gave the bumper a clean-up. I couldn’t believe my eyes: the paint magically reappeared.

 

Thought for the day:

There’s usually a simple solution. Look for that one first.

carEver since that experience, my first thought is, ‘I want the simple solution to this problem.’ I believe I’ll find one, and guess what?  Nine times out of ten, I’m led to the least complicated outcome. Change our thoughts; change the direction of our lives.

 

If we want to know what direction leads to our future, we need only study our thoughts because what we’re focusing on is going to happen. Guaranteed. The great thing about this is we become the storytellers of our lives. It’s our story; we control the narrative. That’s the wonderful part. Sure we’re going to have some bumps and scrapes along the way, but we’re strong; we’re creative. The not-so-great part is that some of us are lousy storytellers: we love high drama, constant conflict, endless suffering, and crises after crises without balancing the story-line with love, romance, fun, joy, compassion, empathy, passion, and abundance.

 

Our thoughts create our story. They attract all the characters and situations. Why not find simple solutions for ourselves and, if possible, give each chapter a happy ending?

 

‘A person’s life is dyed with the color of his (or her) imagination.’—Marcus Aurelius Antonius

Why consider life to be a battle when another point of view, equally valid, suggests life can be magical. With the aid of understanding, we see that nature has been built on a foundation of simplicity. Remember one of the basic rules: what you sow, you shall reap.

What you send out through thoughts or actions will return to you. A simple rule. One that makes perfect sense. If you think kindly towards people or act with love in your heart, you will receive kindness and love, maybe even from total strangers. If you criticize someone or gossip about them, you too will be criticized and gossiped about. That seems fair. If you give it out, you need to be prepared to take it. We would all prefer to receive the good rather than the bad, so why not control the situation simply by thinking and acting with love in our hearts.

Keep an eye on what goes on in your ‘heart’ because what emanates from it creates the circumstances in your life. What you imagine and focus on will soon become an external reality.

I knew a woman who was so afraid she was going to be robbed she couldn’t stop thinking about it. She had expensive alarm systems installed in her home and garage; she had a tall fence built around her property; she bought a German Shepherd and had it trained as an attack dog. Her home had become a fortress furnished in fear. You can imagine what happened.

One day, she left the safety of her house and grounds to see a friend across town. On the way to the friend’s she stopped at a shopping mall to buy a gift of flowers. As she was returning to her car, a thief came up behind her and grabbed her purse. She shouted for help, but no one was nearby, and the thief escaped without ever being caught. Her alarm system, her fence, and her dog may have been protecting her at home, but her thoughts and fear had guaranteed that, sooner or later, inside or out, she was going to come face to face with the nemesis in her battle—a thief—and be quickly and shockingly robbed.

How much simpler and less expensive it might have been if she had expelled thebo fear from her mind and trained her imagination to see only good circumstances chasing after her.