“It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
We have so many thoughts enter our mind before we are even out of bed: some good, some bad, some scary, some drawn from worry, some that just race around going through each and every thing we think we need to get done for the day. Within ten minutes, we have probably thought fifty thoughts: most fear based. For many of my readers, their first thoughts are of pain and the fear of pain and how it will affect their day. Bam, pain has already taken over and the thoughts that you will have for the remainder of the day will most likely be based around fear and pain. I lived like this for so many years and I honestly am still shocked that pain does not rule my thoughts as it once did. The thoughts of pain do enter my mind but as soon as they do, I distract myself with something that I enjoy doing or something on my personal to-do list: most things on my to-do lists I do enjoy doing which is a blessing. I learned at a very young age following my bike accident that life is short and can be taken from us in a split second so you need to try and do the things you enjoy and if you able to make your career into something you love, you will not spend your week waiting for the weekend, which is only two days out of seven: do what you love.
Most of our thoughts are un-true and based on fear and worry. Like the saying states: “I have one hundred worries and maybe two will come to fruition and the two that do come to fruition I have no power over, so why am I worrying at all?” The philosopher, Aristotle knew even way back then what we need to be teaching our children today: “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.”
People were talking about skin cancer this morning during my daughter’s dance class and of course my mind went directly to my idiotic days as a teenager and tanning beds and all the times I spent at the beach without sunscreen. I never listened, even to my dad whom I usually heed advice from. My first thought went to: “I’m going to get skin cancer at some point. I would be a walking miracle if I didn’t. Look how many times I used to spend in awful tanning beds and in the sun using oil instead of sunscreen!!! I stopped my mind, took a breath and did not entertain this thought as there is nothing I can do about the past except learn from it and take care of my skin now and forever. That was just one negative thought that entered my mind today, there were many more but I did my best to not entertain these fear based thoughts and focus on the things I am happy with and grateful for. It is not even three pm Eastern time so I am sure more thoughts will come and go: some negative and scary and some happy and exciting. We do have a choice on what we allow our minds to focus on. We are much more powerful than we give ourselves credit for.