As the day
progressed I realized that the more I thought about “it” the angrier I
felt. The transgression by a family
member was irritating and somewhat irksome, yet the more I “thought” about the
situation, the stronger I felt about it.
About that time the “Duh!” factor came forth to reveal the formula for
creating emotional mountains out of mole hills.
Factor is that moment when we can see the forest and the trees; that happy
moment when mentally we gain a splash of perspective on what we’ve been doing
and how it directly affects what we experience.
“The more I thought about it (the initial offense) the angrier I felt
(really, really pissed after tossing all night!)” Duh.
spend the same amount of mental energy (and burned calories) thinking about
something good or desired rather than on something
negative or unwanted? Duh illuminates
self-evident truths: The more one thinks
about something, the greater the emotional response to the thought. Thinking, once again, is the important activity.
The Duh! Factor at work
“So what are
you saying, George? That if I think
goody Pollyanna thoughts my life will be a bed of roses, red wine, dark
chocolate, hot rolls and butter?” If you
like roses, red wine, dark chocolate, hot rolls and butter you’re more likely
to experience them if you think about
them rather than thinking about that foul tempered so-and-so who you know is
plotting against you.
mystic and philosopher Charles Fillmore once wrote that thoughts held in mind
produce after their own kind. The more I thought about it, the angrier I
felt. Well, I have proved that. It is true, simple, self-evident and
part is becoming more aware of how I
am thinking and to consciously choose the activity of my mind. I might want to fuss and fight, and thus so
think. But if that’s not how I really
want to spend my time, then I am free to think according to what I want. I know, having demonstrated, that the more I
think about something, the stronger the associated feeling.
By tradition we celebrate the Republic on July 4, the date
when all signatures were affixed to the stunning document declaring
Our great experiment
continues to confound history. From the
get-go was the debate over primacy – the individual or the government. The principal factor in the debate is
creation of wealth, another way of stating standard of living. Wealth is created by individuals, We, the
people. Government cannot create
anything. It must take what others
create. In our Republic, this is
taxation – a touchy issue that created the House of Representatives and its
responsibility to originate all spending bills.
The structure is good. As always,
implementation is the key.
Attitude is everything.
Let’s look at two prevailing attitudes:
1. Unless it is stated
in the regulations, you can’t do it.
2. Unless it is
prohibited in the regulations, you can do it.
Which do you prefer?
In the former, one must have permission to do something. In the latter, freedom of action is the norm
unless specifically prohibited.
Our Republic was established on the latter although through
the decades great amounts of personal freedom have been surrendered to the government. Once upon a time travel by flying was a
delight. And, once upon a time
government did not recognize, or impeded, the inalienable rights. The machinery to amend the Constitution has
been used to correct instances where government prohibited freedom for many
It is attitude that rules.
There are people on the July 4th who are in mental and
emotional bondage. Rather than enjoy
their lives and share that joy with others (rising tide lifts all boats) they
instead dwell upon past “wrongs” and injustices. Quite literally, that was then. A different people, a different world-view, a
different perspective from that of the present.
This is now. Do you wish to be
free? Do you wish to be controlled by
others? The beauty is that you have the
freedom and ability to do either. I
would encourage freedom – living in the present and making the present the most
enjoyable moment. (Hint: There is only one moment, now. There’s no such animal as past and future as far
as experience goes.)
Those who get it, get it.
Those who don’t, can’t. It took
me a long time to fully grasp that. Yet
it’s true. The Law of Attraction is the
example. Those who understand the Law of
Attraction benefit from that knowledge.
There are people who deny that there is such a thing as the Law of
Attraction. It is the working of that
law that helps convince such folks that there is no such thing. Like attracts like, and if one thinks there
is no such thing, then evidence of no such thing will come forth.
There are many unhappy people on this Fourth of July. That is sad.
Let’s help them by having a rollicking good time celebrating freedom and
all that is joyous. You don’t have to
convince anyone of anything (because you can’t) but you can demonstrate your
joy in Life and perhaps, after a while, they’ll get curious. Once curious, they may begin to perceive things differently.