Are you conscious of what you think about most of the time? Surprisingly, many people are not. You sometimes hear people say things like “Oh I’ll be happy when my house is paid for” or “I’ll be happy when I retire” or “I’ll be happy when I find my perfect mate. Sadly, I think that people who say such things do not know how to be happy. Happiness is, I suggest to you, the inevitable result when you have become conscious of your daily patterns of thought and how to control those patterns. In other words, happiness is a choice you make every day. The other side of the coin, of course, is that if you do not choose happiness, you will be unhappy. Perhaps even depressed.
People who are depressed have allowed negative, self-defeating patterns of thought dominate their daily lives. Perhaps it shouldn’t be any surprise that depressed people are often fatigued much of the time, unmotivated and unenthusiastic. For most people, however, success in every area of life becomes possible when they become conscious of the things they think about. For example, we have all heard people who say things like “gosh, I never get any good breaks’. For the person who becomes conscious that they are prone to thinking thoughts like this, the next step is to interrupt such thoughts when they come and replace that negative thought with something else. That person could think, for example, something like “everything always works out for me” or “I am blessed” or “I’m so grateful for the things that I have”. It isn’t hard to see that this kind of thinking probably makes a person feel better about themselves and their circumstances.
Why not try it out? Become more aware of the kinds of things you think about on a daily basis. If a thought you are thinking is making you feel bad, immediately replace such thoughts with thoughts that make you feel good. Of course becoming more self-aware takes some practice. But like anything else that requires practice, the more you practice the better you get.
“Finally, brethren, 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, dwell on these things.” Philippians 4:8
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