“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.
But our mind is not a physical organ. Science can not locate our mind. Science can not define our mind.
It is our mind that determines who we are – what kind of person we are.
And we can take control by choosing what we feed our mind.
We feed our mind with the books we read; the movies we watch; the words we use and the words we listen to.
But most important of all – we feed our mind by the thoughts we focus on.
It’s our choice how we start our day.
Instead of whining and complaining we can find something to be thankful for. Then we can feed our mind with thoughts of gratitude and thankfulness.
We can start our day right by taking control of our thoughts.
We can start our day right by reading something like this poem by Ella Wheeler Wilcox:
Let me to-day do something that shall take
A little sadness from the world’s vast store,
And may I be so favoured as to make
Of joy’s too scanty sum a little more.
Let me not hurt, by any selfish deed
Or thoughtless word, the heart of foe or friend;
Nor would I pass, unseeing, worthy need,
Or sin by silence when I should defend.
However meagre be my worldly wealth,
Let me give something that shall aid my kind—
A word of courage, or a thought of health,
Dropped as I pass for troubled hearts to find.
Let me to-night look back across the span
’Twixt dawn and dark, and to my conscience say—
Because of some good act to beast or man—
“The world is better that I lived to-day.”