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Plus or Minus

9 Mar

 At the root of it all, we are like a mathematic equation. Each of us are the sum total of all that we have experienced. The decisions we make are influenced to a certain degree by our own acquired wisdom, which has been forged in the fires of all we have been through. Does this mean that we are powerless to change who we are? Absolutely not.

It has been said:

If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.

Not the best grammar, but it supports another old saying:

The purest definition of insanity is doing the exact same thing over and over again, and expecting a different result.

Here is the key to true happiness:

 We Get to Choose the Polarity of Our Input.

(1+1)=2  (2+1)=3 compared to (1-1)=0

How we choose to ‘receive’ the input of the things around us is completely within our hands. Two people can live identical lives, with identical wealth, and one can be thankful for what he has, while the other remains bitter for what he does not have.

When we take time to give thanks for everything and every situation, we are turning all input into a positive, and the sum grows. Conversely, when we gripe and complain about how much better things ‘could have been’, we are choosing to put a negative sign before every new input.

That’s a fast way to being a zero.

So take a moment, or better yet several throughout your day, and give thanks. Most of the times it’s easy to do, and conscious practice becomes subconscious action. When the occasional situation comes along where it’s very hard to give thanks, that’s when those who your positive attitude has influenced will gather around you and help you to overcome.

Choose to be joyful. Choose to be happy. In all things, be thankful.