Wednesday, October 15, 2008

What Are You Thinking?

What are you thinking?

It’s Wednesday, October 15, 2008

I believe that our thoughts, as well as our deeds, actions and inactions, will either elevate us or be our downfall.

So, what are you thinking?

When you encounter a surly coworker, or a spouse who criticizes you, or a child who talks back, what are you thinking?

Are you thinking of a retort that will make you seem smarter or right?

Are you considering how you’ll win the argument?

Are you wishing bad things upon them?

Can you stop for a moment and change your way of thinking? It’s not easy, but it is possible.

Can you turn it around and try putting yourself in their shoes?

Can you try to see where they’re coming from? Why they said or did what they said or did?

Sometimes it’s hard to remember that we’re all mortal – we all make mistakes. At times, we fall into the trap of wanting to be judged on our intentions while judging others on their actions and ignoring their intentions.

Can you forgive?

Can you think better of them?

Can you think kind, compassionate thoughts about them?

I think you can.

So, that’s today’s challenge.
Think kindly of others, regardless of the circumstances.

Not easy, but possible.

Thank you for taking today’s challenge.

I really think that by doing these small and simple acts of service, we can transform the world.

One act at a time.

One thought at a time.
Remember, Service is the Action Form of Love!


1 comment:

John Newman said...

I keep trying. Some days it's harder than others, though.

Especially now that it's an election year and the "trolls" have come out to play. :)