With so much going on in the world I’ve noticed lately that so many of us are worn out, worried, and anxious about the future. And while that is perfectly understandable given the circumstances, I think for some of us a little boost is needed to take on 2017 with everything we’ve got. In order to do that, we need to center in again on our peace and strength. We can’t help others and fight the good fight if we are depleted and defeated ourselves.

We hear the words of Jesus cited often, “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” We might call that a very early way to say “be in the Now.”  But how’s a person to do that?

Point one is to manage that little thought cloud that follows us everywhere. As most of us already know from experience, when we have idle time on our hands, we often spend some of that time worrying about things – and that worry can be the greatest thief of our joy and peace in life. It can just wear us out… And also render us pretty ineffective.

Think about it.  How many times have you had time on your hands to think (in the shower, driving, in bed before falling asleep, meditating) and find much of that time being spent worrying about the regrets of the past and fears of the future? Our inherent human nature is to be worrisome; hence why so many of us do everything we can throughout the day to stay plugged in to a distraction (TV, Ipod, phone calls, facebook, reading, work, texting, going out, and uhm… blogging, etc…).

There is an old saying by Lao Tzu which goes:

Watch your thoughts, for they become words.

Watch your words, for they become actions.

Watch your actions, for they become habits.

Watch your habits, for they become character.

Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.

In our modern day, meditations and affirmations have become very popular, and those practices are designed to change / suspend our thought patterns for a variety of reasons, but mainly to improve and control our well-being on a subconscious level.

In the Christian scriptures, the apostle Paul says: “whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things” (i.e., think about, reflect on, and be grateful for)

Everything in life is filtered by our thoughts.  Therefore, if we want a joyful life, if we want a productive life, if we want a meaningful life, if we want a life that is a benefit to others, and if we want to have a life that can handle most of the challenging stuff that will come our way; we must learn to discipline our minds and control that little thought cloud that is always following us around.

So we should do this often.  Actually sit down and do what Paul said to do. Make it a 2017 resolution if you must.  Think about things we are grateful for, or just exercise the art of not thinking about anything at all.  It’s a proven neurological fact that our life (actions, habits, thoughts, character, and destiny) will change for the better if we exercise our thought life regularly and take control of any patters of fear or pessimism, by curtailing them with hope and peace!

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