Thoughts on Thinking

"When somebody persuades me that I am wrong, I change my mind. What do you do?" John Maynard Keynes

"If you're unhappy with your life, change your thinking." Charles Fillmore

"The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but your thoughts about it." Eckhart Tolle

"People are not disturbed by things, but by the view they take of them." Epictetus

"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates

"Consciousness is a terrible thing to waste." PunditGeorge

Friday, June 27, 2008

Perspective (continued)

“I paid for my trash and I don’t want anybody making money on it!” So stated an unhappy caller to the city when he learned that his curbside paper trash would be taken to a recycling business. There’s a lesson in there, somewhere. Maybe it’s a fear of others getting your “stuff” even when you’re no longer using it. If you’re not using it, and throw it away, is it still your stuff? One can imagine how such thinking sours other aspects of his life. Recycling is a good thing – especially for tired, old beliefs.

Smithsonian Magazine, July 2008 issue. “In the Bag” by Owen Edwards. Quoting Los Angeles Dodger’ Willie Davis about sliding into second base: “I put a notebook together of all the ways to slide, so when I slide into base, I put everything together in a split second. In my mind, it was as if I’d already done it before I did it.” Bingo!

It’s often a part of athletic training to visualize success. Not just to imagine it, but to savor every aspect of the triumph until, like Willie Davis, in the mind it’s already accomplished. It works that way outside of sports.

What is held in the mind is reproduced in kind. Willie Davis steals bases. The unhappy caller sees thieves all around him. What a difference.

Another way to look at it would be from Mars - seeing the Earth and its moon.
Greg Crosby didn't have to go so far away to appreciate what a fabulous land this is.

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