And Now a Word From Our 16th President

18 Feb

Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be. ~Abraham Lincoln

Since today is President’s Day I thought we’d discuss a quote from my favorite president, Abraham Lincoln.

In a past blog I stated that as human beings we were created to be optimistic. Which makes a lot of sense. Who would go to work and produce goods and services if we got up in the morning, looked out the window, saw a gloomy day and said, “the hell with it. I’m going back to bed.” Instead, most of us are optimistic. We might wake up to see a gloomy day, but then we take a shower, eat breakfast, go to school or work, and make it the best day we possibly can.

But are we happy? This is what our 16th president was alluding to. We have choices. We all too often let our external circumstances define our happiness. When things are going well we can feel good about what’s happening all around us, or choose to feel sad and blue when things go wrong. Being happy or unhappy then is entirely up to us.

Now I know what you’re thinking, “I would love to feel happy even when things aren’t going my way, but how do I do it when unhappiness just comes over me?” And here is the crux of the matter; we feel happy when the thoughts in our mind are positive, and we feel sad when the thoughts we are holding in our mind are negative. And so the answer is we must change what we are thinking about, or as President Lincoln said, “happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Before you ask I’m going to tell you how to release a negative thought. I like to use my higher power, or as Florence Scovel Shinn taught in her wonderful book, The Game of Life and How to Play it, cast the burden. And I do it this way; Infinite Spirit, I cast the burden of this negative thought about (fill in) on you and I go free. I’ll say this 3-5 times or until the negative thought vanishes. I then replace the emptiness in my mind with something more positive and I feel a whole lot happier.

Love you,

Michael

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