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Why Do We Think That

Updated on February 26, 2012

Food for Thought

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"What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is at the core of your thinking? What motivates you to act and what actions do you take as a result of what you think? Do you wake up in the morning and immediately begin to think good thoughts? What is the first thing you begin to think about? C’mon, be honest. What is the first thought of your day?

Normally for me, it’s about work. I don’t immediately begin to think about my dreams, but more about the immediacy of this days’ work, the responsibilities, the habits to which I have allowed myself to be conditioned. Perhaps I’ll think (or worry) about the momentary trials I’m facing or the tasks I think must be done right away or somehow my life would be incomplete. For other folks there is an entirely different minutia to fill the void on the everyday subconscious mind.

One morning, while I was lying in bed with too much time on my hands and instead of the normal drone of thought, I began to think about the wellspring of life. I wondered, “What beautiful thoughts originate there and why wasn’t I thinking more of those types of thoughts with any regularity? You know; life giving, life affirming and healing types of thought? The kind of inspirational view that makes hearts and birds sing. Why wasn’t I contemplating the dreams that were almost certainly beneath the surface of my mind?

My dreams of achievement may not totally originate within me. Yet, I feel am the creator of my own reality, at least in terms of the elements of what I draw to myself based on what I think about most frequently, most vigorously and most intensely.

So I wound up asking myself again, why was I thinking what I was thinking in the early AM just before rising or for that matter in the PM before retiring to bed. Why were the thoughts I was thinking the focus of my life? Why was I thinking of such mundane, unproductive drivel instead of contributions I could make to myself or others? Isn’t contributing to the lives of others in a way that produces qualities consistent with goodness, kindness and wholeness more important or at least more appealing than yesterday’s news and concerns?

Today I thought; wouldn’t it be more beneficial for everyone, including myself if I connected with thoughts that produce positive, life giving actions and lead to a life worthy of emulation? Mahatma Gandhi once said “be the change you want to see.” That phrase finally sunk in, so I began to address what and how I think. My intention is to be the change I want to see!!!

Just Bee

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Bee the Change You Want to See

It’s not about income, it’s not about outcome, but it’s wholly about being welcome. It’s about bringing to the world a being of goodness, a light that shines bright enough to provide a path for others, should they choose to see it. It’s not about changing the world; it’s about changing me, my perception of how I see the world. It’s about being the change I want to see and starting right here and now!

No one forces us to think anything. We can be influenced, we can be coerced, but we cannot be made to think anything we don’t want to think. So why do we? Why do we wake up and think thoughts that are inconsistent with what we believe are in our best interest and desires and maybe would even contribute to the highest good of all who are around us?

The time for me to be me, is right now; right now! And perhaps for you too!

Invigoration, enthusiasm for life and living, motivated to move the mountains of change, not the rocks of resistance, moving away from the habits of heaviness and hovering over the heart of happiness. That is where I am headed. A simple step, the smallest change – one simple thought away from being good, being happy, being the change I want to see, all from asking questions, listening for the answers and then taking the next step in thinking it can be so. As Zig Ziglar would say, “See you at the top.”

Where do our thoughts come from? I’m not sure, but I know who controls in what direction they go!

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


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    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Hi Tina!

      Thanks for reading my hub and for the on point comments. It is an interesting journey, isn't it? Even more so if you subscribe to the theory that we choose it! In any case the conditioning of our mind by our families, environment, education and self talk sure do make for interesting living.

      Again, I am grateful for the comments and my hope is whatever inspiration you derived from reading this hub translates into an action that brings you peace and happiness.

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      Christina Lornemark 

      6 years ago from Sweden

      Wonderful hub with an important message. We are in control of our thoughts but most of the time we let others decide what we should think and do, how we should behave and live. It is a process and it is an interesting journey to get there. Thanks for the great inspiration,


    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      6 years ago from Asheville NC

      Oh Fennelseed, thank you!

      I like the way you think! Isn't it funny how so many of us know that we can think one way, yet often we are pulled in another direction? Though I have struggled in the past, I know it's not necessary and I can change, even if ever-so-slightly. I can't wait to see the outcome!

      I am so grateful you stopped by. It makes my day when another hubber will at least contemplate what I have written. It's a connection that feeds my soul!

      Thank you!


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      Annie Fenn 

      6 years ago from Australia

      Your hub is very inspiring and when I asked myself the same question I was ashamed to find that my thoughts when I first wake up are filled with dread and resentment for another day to come of work. I can change that, easy and now I will. I will also be back to read more of your uplifting hubs. Thank you and my votes to you Born2care2001.

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      Allen Williams 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great hub! I enjoyed reading this very much. Good, bad, or indifferent, we do create the reality in which we wish to experience. We have the control, we just don't realize it like we should.

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thanks lundmusik, for the encouragement and information. I'll check it out!

    • Born2care2001 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rev Bruce S Noll HMN 

      7 years ago from Asheville NC

      Thank you TSMOG. I greatly appreciate your comments. You are quite right. There are so many wonderful things to experience that aren't electronic, and they're free! (and not quite as depressing as the news) Again, I really appreciate the feedback.

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      7 years ago from Tucson AZ

      great hub,, you might be interested in my hub on "human experience -- time and the hope of immortality"

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      Tim Mitchell 

      7 years ago from Escondido, CA

      Inspiring article. Thank you for sharing your revelation. I has caused me to seek out my garden instead of my note pad for planning my day. Like you alluded to why not take that spare half hour for the garden first instead of after. I say that with a chuckle because in reality that half hour after usually winds up in front of the boob tube before going to work watching the news, which really is a repeat anyway - LOL.


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