An often used term to sum up our lives at any given point, whether we as individuals see things as an optimist (ever hopeful) or a pessimist (we are all doomed) Personally for years I would swing wildly between the two as my manic state regularly took me from zero to hero and back again.
That was until I spoke to my Doctor about it and her reply was simple:
“It has recently been proven that the mind has definitive control over the way the heart feels. Think bad thoughts and you will feel bad, think happy and you will feel brighter”
Now the above is kind of paraphrasing her words somewhat but as she said it, it were as though a switch were suddenly thrown in my mind and I realised that my brain is wholly responsible for the way the rest of my body feels. Aches and pains aside although they can often be included, I suddenly realised the brain is responsible for so much more than keeping us breathing.
Immediately I felt better about myself and began to get some perspective on my situation. I could see that there really was a future and that it was down to me to map it out. Upon returning home I started to investigate this line of thought and was pleasantly surprised how much reference there was to self belief. The more I investigated, the more I learnt until finally, I found my mantra by which I now endeavour to live my life.
“All that we are is the result of what we have thought. The mind is everything. What we think we become” This phrase has been attributed to Buddha but I can find no positive link in order to back this up; and not being a buddhist I cannot comment. Regardless of this though, I am willing to use it as a tool for my daily life; and do you know what? It’s worked, and I mean really worked I am sure.
I set the mantra as a wallpaper the day I found it and honestly, things appear to have gone more in the direction I have chosen making me feel like I am not constantly swimming against the tide.
I think that having it as a wallpaper on a computer that I spend most of my waking hours in front of, means that I have this mantra imprinted on my mind at a subconscious level because I see it all of the time. Please don’t think that I now live my life amidst a wardrobe of hemp clothing and beads or a morning chant with incense burning. I have no desire to lay on a beach in Goa wearing psychedelic luminous spandex trousers and talk about consciousness expansion, I simply think that on some level, having a reminder for me to think positively is as good a thing as any for anyone to have in their life.
I am sure I would not be where I am with my weight loss or be expecting surgery in the next eight days because prior to this knowledge, I would simply have let my life drift on around me. It forced me to focus and decide how I wanted things in my own life to go. It got me to see that my actions not only affect other peoples lives but my own. My first challenge was obviously my health and I have now met that head on. There is a good deal of work to do in the coming years but I know I am capable of it and will not fail. I want to have something happen with my life and have said yes to opportunities instead of saying no as I may have in years gone by. It has re-focussed my ability to cognitively work out situations in my head and see how I will benefit by going through with them. It has at last forced me to see the world as a glass half full and hope there is an opportunity around every corner.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a grinning fool who thinks everything will be great even when it’s apparent that it’s turning to crap, I am still a realist but I have decided that if I focus my efforts on what I think, then what I think stands a greater chance of becoming a reality. I believe that the work I do now will one day pay dividends in the future; all I need is the right break and I will have no issue providing the motivation because I now know that this motivation will affect me directly.
You get nothing from this life if you put nothing in.
Proof of this is seen below in a photograph I took yesterday walking around an area called Christophers Wood. If I had not walked yesterday I would never have seen this amazing vista. I would not have improved my pre surgery fitness just that little bit more which could be the difference between a speedy recovery and a laboured, problem filled recovery.
Like I say, it really is all down to the mind and how strong it is willing to be. I still have off days and wobbles where I find it tough to do things but if I employ this simple saying; and believe me when I say this, life looks better, the future looks brighter and glass definitely to me, looks half full.
Stay out of the fridge.