So often we hear that our thoughts determine our life – any illness we have, any disasters we live through (i.e. fire, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc.), any tragedies that befall us – as well as any good that happens in our lives. Our thoughts do make a difference in our lives but our thoughts do not determine or cause everything that happens to us.
What our thoughts determine is the condition of our mind and it is our minds that will convince us that everything is great or terrible. Events happen – the fires that rage through California are not caused because of thoughts we might have – but our thoughts do determine how we deal with what life brings us.
During the Depression in the 1930’a many people were so distraught that they jumped out of buildings. However, there were others who were able to rise above the economic conditions and not just survive but thrive in those difficult times.
When life brings us whatever it does, we can change our thoughts, and consequently change our words and actions to find a way to live with dignity and grace no matter what is going on around us. That is really how our thoughts determine the quality of our lives.
Quote of the Week
“It’s not the situation that’s causing your stress, it’s your thoughts, and you can change that right here and now. You can choose to be peaceful right here and now. Peace is a choice, and it has nothing to do with what other people do or think.”
Gerald G. Jampolsky, MD