When my husband and I were mere boyfriend/girlfriend, I used to drive him nuts by asking quite frequently “What are you thinking – RIGHT NOW!” I know now that this scenario is typical of the male/female psyche and I’m pleased to say, I have outgrown asking the poor man what he is thinking (or, some might say, I got tired of the boring answers 😉 ).
Anyway, we all know that our thoughts say much about where we are at, and can, in fact, have a great bearing on our whole lives.
Sitting in church on Sunday, the pastor posed an interesting question – which may not have been wise, as it set me off on a whole train of thought and it is just possible I missed a large portion of what he said afterward. He asked us what was the first thing we said that morning and cited an American radio station who posed the same question to their listeners and the segment became a big hit.
I tried to think back and realised that, seeing as I get up most mornings before everyone else, the first words I uttered were probably “Good morning!” to whoever woke up next an hour or so later. So then, I started wondering what my first thought had been (you can see why I didn’t hear much of the sermon after that, can’t you!) and that was a bit harder to pin down.
Given the way I am feeling of late, it was probably a thought that had some stress attached to it, either about one of the kids, the business or the mould on my zucchini plants.
And in the days since, I have tried to be conscious of my first thoughts. By doing this, I can tell you, my thought life needs a bit of an overhaul.
What I think in the morning sets up my day.
I have been an optimist for most of my adult life but lately I have been tending towards the ‘dark side’. And I don’t like it. I liked being the ridiculously optimistic one who perpetually saw the bright side of life even in the face of evidence to the contrary. I want to go back there.
I know we all go through seasons, ups and downs in life, that sometimes we can’t explain but I do wonder if I might start with changing my morning thoughts. It’s somewhere to start, at least.
How about you? What’s the first thing you said or thought this morning? How did it effect the rest of your day?
Oh and PS…the sermon was great…I’m sure of it…well, at least, when I asked my husband what he was thinking on the way home in the car, he said the sermon, so it must have been 😉