“Most people begin their day in neutral.” We are told it’s important to start our day with a healthy breakfast. And I won’t argue with that. But it’s more important to start our day by providing our mind with a nourishing feed. And when I say “mind”, I don’t mean “brain”. Scientists can scan, probe, and even operate on our brain. It is a physical organ like our heart and kidneys.
There’s a scene in the film Secondhand Lions where Hub tells Walter “If you want to believe in something then believe in it. Just because something isn’t true that’s no reason you can’t believe in it.” It’s up to you to decide what you believe in. There are plenty of people who delight in telling you what you should believe. Many will get quite angry if you express doubts about their pet theory.
Cheerfulness is just as contagious as surliness. Have you noticed that when you’re around grumpy, complaining people, it’s hard to stay cheerful? Their mood and attitude infects you and, if you’re not careful, you end up complaining and moaning too. But … being with a group of happy, friendly people gives you a lift. A smile is as infectious as a scowl. Without being aware, it’s easy to allow other people and circumstances to control your mood.
It’s a personal tradition of mine that, every year, a few weeks before Christmas, I read Charles Dickens’ little book “A Christmas Carol”. After reading it this year, I decided to share 3 things I learned about Christmas. It’s never about the presents. We ask children “What did Santa bring you?” We take them to visit Santa in the shops so they can tell him what they want for Christmas.