Thoughtful Thursday – Our Thoughts and Our Realities

nature of thought

There are so many quotes out there about how our thoughts create our future, or shape what we become. Here are just a few:

“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.” – James Allen

“What we think, we become.” – Buddha

“A man is what he thinks about all day long.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The direction of a man’s thought is always the decisive factor in his personality. His whole outer life will be determined by the inward inclination of his mind.” – Erich Sauer

Of course, there are many, many more, but I don’t want to inundate this post with quotes. The quotes themselves aren’t the important part; it’s the theme of the quotes I’m interested in.

Most people have heard about the Law of Attraction, which basically boils down to “like attracts like.” That means positive thoughts will attract positive outcomes, while negative thoughts will attract negative outcomes. Of course, there has to be some action involved; you can’t just sit on your butt all day and expect to things to just come to you. It doesn’t work like that.

“But Tayla,” you say, “surely it can’t be that simple.”

Oh, dear friend, it really is. Trust me.

Anytime I’ve been worried about money to the point where it was the only thing I could do think about, money would just appear. A check I’d been waiting on would arrive in the mail, or revenue from one of the sites I used to write for would be deposited into my PayPal account. Anytime I’ve freaked out about a test, I would inevitably do worse than if I went into it with a positive attitude. I’m sure you’ve all seen examples of this in your own lives, even if you just passed them off as a coincidence.

I’ll let you in on a little secret: There is no such thing as a coincidence. I really believe that everything happens for a reason, even if that reason is unclear at first. It’s kind of like the “Scrubs” episode “My No Good Reason,” where Nurse Roberts convinces Dr. Cox that everything, even a little girl getting stabbed, happens according to some greater plan. Of course, this raises the question of free will versus preordination, but we won’t get into that.

If you were to stop and examine your thoughts and your life right now, what would you find? I know I am personally in a state of panic about a lot of things, and as such, my life is pretty chaotic right now. Changing your thoughts, and thereby changing your life, isn’t easy. It won’t happen overnight. It is an ongoing process, but one that you should commit to if you want to see things change for the better.

So let’s stop thinking about all the things that could or have gone wrong, and start looking on the bright side. Our futures depend on it.

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