Do you ever feel like you keep getting the same message over and over again? Evidently, I don’t catch on very fast, or I would have to be reminded more than once. On my drive to Tennessee Tuesday, I was listening to some audiobooks. Both of these books were uplifting and encouraging because that is what I want to fill my brain. And, they both had a similar message that I am trying to take to heart.
The first book that I started listening to was Think Like A Monk by Jay Shetty. Jay Shetty is a wonderful motivational speaker that I like listening to, and his wife is super cute also. I follow her on Instagram for her recipes (vegan), and I love seeing them even if I don’t make them.
Jay is a former monk, and he shares pearls of wisdom that he has garnered in his life. In the book, he talked about a practice they did when he was training to be a monk. They were supposed to keep a daily diary, and every time they had a negative thought, they were supposed to write it down. The goal was to make yourself more aware of negative thoughts and hopefully decrease negative thoughts each day.
I’ve always thought of myself as a positive person. I am the one who sees the glass as half full instead of half empty, so I didn’t think that this message was meant for me. Jay has a calming voice, and after a short time, I noticed that his voice was lulling me to sleep. This isn’t a good thing when driving, so I decided to listen to a different book.
A book by Jon Gordon was next, and it was one that I had listened to a long time ago, and I remembered that I liked it. So, I started listening and soon realized that the book talked about positive energy and kicking negative energy to the curb. Hmmm, two books in a row talked about curtailing the negative thoughts that ran through your mind. Coincidence???
You could argue that since I owned both of these audible books, the fact that they were similar isn’t that strange. But, I have 20 or 30 books on audible, and those are the two that I decided to listen to. I don’t believe in coincidence, so I started paying attention to my thoughts this weekend.
It didn’t take long for me to catch myself grumbling, complaining, and fussing about something. While I didn’t write down my thoughts, I did pay attention and tried to change my mindset. I noticed that I had way more negative thoughts than I realized and that my “half full” mindset was really only a “quarter full.”
The book by Jon Gordon is short, and I finished it when I got to my parent’s house. But, after seeing how much negative thoughts and energy I was having over the week, I decided to listen to it again on my way home. One passage jumped out at me.
I can’t remember the exact wording, but it went something like this; it is physically impossible to be stressed and thankful at the same moment. The book suggested a Thank-You walk where you walk for a period of time and say things you are thankful for.
Proverbs 4:23 (NCV)
23 Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life.
This book was written by King Solomon, who knew a thing or two about wisdom. He was giving instructions to his sons and wanted them to place their thoughts as a priority. Our thoughts have the power to uplift us or drag us down. We can not control the events that happen to us or around us, but we can control how we react to those events.
It is easy to get all caught up in disappointment when things don’t go our way. Before you know it, you can let your imagination run wild, and you will have yourself believing that you have a crappy life instead of realizing that you had a few bad moments or days.
There is always a silver lining in every situation. Sometimes the silver is sparkling and easy to spot, and sometimes it needs a lot of elbow grease and polish to bring out the silver. Looking for the silver lining and counting your blessings even when you feel disappointed will lead to a better outcome…peace and joy.
There is no such thing as coincidence, and I know that the Lord meant this lesson for me and possibly for you. So, join me for a few minutes, and let’s take a ten-minute THANK YOU walk!
To God Goes The Glory!
Have A Blessed Day!