My brain can be like Grand Central Station; a steady flow of traffic with each thought vying to gain some traction.
I’ve entertained far too many thoughts that never deserved my attention.
Entertain is a good word choice. Thoughts knock at our door and the majority should be treated like unwanted solicitors. Would you invite a stranger in for coffee and to set up housekeeping in the spare room?
Of course not.
So why did that pretty mist-colored laptop on HSN end up in my house?
Well, I kept LISTENING, and the more I entertained the thoughts surrounding the laptop and imagined using it, the less the $500 price tag troubled me.
Even though I already have a perfectly good laptop.
(Yes, I returned it.)
But the point is, what thoughts we entertain give us imaginations or VISIONS that can actually become reality.
I’ve learned to approach my thoughts like a buffet. I used to try to get my money’s worth and took advantage of “all you can eat.” Indigestion and regret usually followed.
I’ve learned to be more choosy at the buffet, only selecting what I’m in the mood for at the moment. (This can lead to a focused attack on the desserts, but that’s another story.)
When it comes to our thought lives, it’s wise to understand that not everything that flies into our brains merits consideration.
But some things DO.
I bet some of the most brilliant entrepreneurial ideas started with just a thread of a thought.
This very blog started with a “Hmmmmm” moment in a float tank.
How many relationships ended in happily ever afters because someone thought, “I’ll give online dating a try!”
My sister took a calligraphy class decades ago, and she has been gainfully employed doing what she loves ever since.
Does it make your heart leap? Does it bring hope? Then by all means HOLD THAT THOUGHT!
Nurture it and let it breathe. Water it and fertilize it and who knows – it can end up being a full-blown vision.
Were you as captivated as I was by Prince Harry’s engagement announcement this week? I didn’t know much about Meghan Markle until I saw this video, which is an example of holding a THOUGHT and taking action based on that thought to effect change:
I think Diana is smiling, don’t you?
So let’s not get caught up in VISIONS of grandeur that overwhelm us. Let’s start with a thought, and then play with it a little.
I did that this week and it turned me a bit upside down!
Oooooh…sisters and brothers. We ARE a resilient bunch! I feel like this is a week where our mantra should come from Dirty Dancing: “No one puts baby in a corner.”
Let’s go out, rise up and seize the week!