What are you thinking about now? What will you think about throughout today?
Random thoughts will pop into our minds all the time but we have a choice in the thoughts we choose to dwell on. It is another way of saying, ‘You cannot keep birds from flying over your head but you can keep them from building a nest in your hair’ (attributed to Martin Luther).
I was amazed by the kindness of two strangers yesterday. They had found my wallet dropped in a car park and taken the trouble to track me down, delivering the wallet back to me before I even knew it was missing.
Their action was honourable and admirable. I am grateful to them. I will choose to dwell on their kindness.
Of course there are many other things for me – and for you – that are true, right, pure and lovely. Each of us will notice different things if we pause long enough. There is joy in the noticing. There is well being in identifying these things and dwelling upon them.
Here are some wise words from Scripture, written way back when but just as relevant today:
Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
This is Mindful Monday on 18 February 2019.
Do you live near or in Cheltenham, UK? We meet for an evening of mindfulness on the theme of growing in patience in March. See events page for more details and how to book your place.