“Thought means life, since those who do not think do not live in any high or real sense. Thinking makes the man.” -A.B. Alcott
Have you ever found yourself starting out the day in a good mood, but by mid-morning you feel like you are waning? That was me today and yesterday…and maybe the day before that. Normally, I am very loyal to positive thought, but as of late I’ve been having some really tough “tell it to me straight” conversations with myself that have me thinking not so great thoughts. The good news is that I can shift my emotions and change my thoughts, but in order to do that, I need to find the root of the discomfort and I think that I did.
Autumn is approaching, bringing transition and change and as life shifts gears I start to panic. When change is tapping on my window and transition is ringing my door bell, all I want to do is go into my room and throw a quilt over my head. Do any of you ever feel like that? With every shift in season I have discovered an inward pattern. I tend to “chart and graph” myself in my head and every three months, as if on cue, I scrutinize exactly where I am on my invisible chart. Most of the time, I am disappointed with myself. I think thoughts like “I’m not in the place that I had hoped I would be by now. I’m not married, climbing a career ladder or financially stable like everyone else”. These thoughts can do a lot of harm and so I must look within.
I am on a journey. We are all on a journey. And much like the bug that I talked about last week, we are growing wings and getting ready to fly. This sort of thing is constantly happening to us, because life is going through birthing phases, mid-life phases and death phases on a mathematically consistent basis. In fact, Quantum Physics research has discovered that the human body is in a perpetual state of renewing itself. Dr. John Hagelin, Quantum Physicist and public policy expert, sums it up nicely when he states that “It is our thoughts and emotions that are continuously re-assembling, re-organizing and re-creating our body. In fact, parts of our body are replaced every day, other parts take a few months, other parts a couple of years, but within a few years we have a brand new physical body.” It is scientifically proven that our thoughts are so powerful that they are literally re-creating our physical body and every other condition present in our life.
So, I was thinking about that little bug a bit more and I came to a conclusion. Natural law aided in his growth to grow wings in order that he may live. However, the bug himself made the choice to fly and a choice starts with a thought, one thought. He took a risk to try something that he was not sure of and had never done before. We too must welcome thoughts of courage to help us to take risks if we are ever to really live. Let us not just slump to work, slump home, go to sleep and do it all over again. We must make a decision to thrive and be fully alive every single day. It is not always an easy choice as I described earlier in my story, but what I would say to myself is this, “Stephanie, you are doing so good. Maybe you haven’t hit every goal post and conquered your check list, but who you are is amazing and who you are becoming is beautiful. Don’t give up!” What choice can you make today to be brave and to take a step towards changing your thoughts and changing your life?