Wednesday, 30 March 2011

The power of thought

It's all in the power of the mind. Giving up is relatively easy. Fighting back is hard.
Getting up every morning to face a normal day is a basic routine. We go through the motions because we have to and because we can. Whether we want to is completely a different question, but we do what we have to do through the power of the mind.
I think it was Robert Pirsig that said the place to improve the world is first in one's own heart, head and hands. That of course is applicable to any given day: to improve a day lies within ourselves - within the heart, within the mind, within action and within reach. The art of survival would then be never giving up and being relentless about it.
I can't remember a single day in my life where I stayed in bed because I just didn't want to face a day. It doesn't matter how despondent I become, I just can't stay in bed. Why? Simply because my mind won't allow it. I think too much.
What is it exactly that makes us think a lot? What makes our mind go off on a tangent and accumulate thoughts? Why do we have to contend with so many thoughts in our head at one given time? It's like a total thought attack. The idea of a blank mind seems so surreal.

When I'm idle, whether I'm sitting in front of the television or lying in bed after a good night's rest, I always suffer a thought attack. Not that I really watch T.V. or sleep easily. I suffer from insomnia and have to work really hard and very late to get my head to rest on a pillow.
I think the key to surviving the world we live in, with all its ups and downs, is not to stop thinking as such, but rather to channelize our thoughts in positive directions. The fact that we think is just that, a fact. We think. The focus then should be on what we think. It's not the quantity of thought that should matter, but the quality of thought.
We may have a restless mind. There's nothing wrong in having one. We just need to learn patience to change detail into foresight, idle ideas into opportunities and knowledge into action. 

A mind can be filled to the brim with knowledge, but that doesn't suggest a person is educated. Knowledgeable, but not educated. Education lies in applying knowledge. If it's never applied, all the knowledge just makes us opinionated and unpopular.
The power of the mind and the power of our thoughts make us who we are. The force of habit is to look at a dark cloud and be negative. There lies the challenge: to look at a situation or person and think positive thoughts. Align yourself with a positive force and be everything you can be with the power of a positive mind. It's a tactic to beat all negativity. If you think you can, it's probable. If you believe you can, it's more than just possible.
No matter where you are, no matter who you're with, always remember: you are what you constantly think. Make a difference through the power of positive thought.   

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