Good thinking.


Good thinking.

Your Actions Have a Two-Fold Effect

Another reality of this life-building process is that your actions affect you as much as they do other people. Not only does the new neighbor appreciate the flowers that you brought over to welcome her, but you gain a certain positive feeling for having done so. Yes, her life was made a little happier as a result of your actionsBUT your life was made happier, too.

In exactly the same way, but with exactly opposite results, the person who steals from another is, in effect, stealing his own opportunity to feel good about himself…and, at the same time, actually choosing to live a life that will mean little to other people. It’s a big mistake to believe that our words and deeds only affect others. In reality, we are on the receiving end of what we say and do as well.

You say ‘I think’ ten times a day,
Or fifteen times, or twenty;
And even more, well, anyway…
You sure repeat it plenty.

But pause and ponder half a wink,
And start your brain cells clinking;
I think’ you say, but do you think…
Or only think you’re thinking?

Berton Braley

Schools teach math, English, science and history, but very little about the fundamentals of good thinking. Parents urge children to make good grades and to do their best, but typically they provide limited instruction to a child concerning how to think through a choice they are about to make. Friends, often untrained in making good choices themselves, are quick to offer advice and tell us what we should do. Therefore, until we personally take the initiative to become better thinkers, we are more likely to yield to our feelings, make snap judgments and head off in some direction with no real thought as to how the trip might impact our life.

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