“Henry Ford (1863-1947) once said, “thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few people engage in it.” Today I would like to share some thoughts with you on the important subject of “thinking” titled “Thinking On A Higher Plane.” In the Bible you will find these words recorded in Proverbs 23:7, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he.” The Roman Emperor Marcus Arelius once said, “A man becomes what he thinks about all day long.” Back in 1957, the late Earl Nightingale wrote and recorded a motivational message titled “The Strangest Secret”, which became the only one of its kind to ever sell a million copies. The Strangest Secret is that “We Become What We Think About.” It was my good fortune to work personally with Mr. Nightingale for several years.
Yes, from King Solomon on down through the ages, the most successful writers, teachers and philosophers have all come to the same conclusion: It is the quality of our thinking that will ultimately determine the quality of our life. At this point, it might be in order to ask you some very pertinent questions. What do you think about most of the time? Is most of your thinking done on a higher plane? That is, do you reach for the stars in your thinking or is most of your thinking done in the gutter and/or in the digital world? The truth is, we have only to look about us to see where we are and to see what we have to see the fruits of our thinking.
For fear that I may be misunderstood, I want to make it very clear that we don’t have to be a religious person (but it helps-remember, apart from God we are nothing-No one can do good consistently without struggle) to desire a good, decent, honest and moral life. Sometimes we forget that the greatest “have” as citizens of this free (depending on how you define “free”) country is the power to choose. Regardless of who we are or what we have done in the past, we can choose the quality or level of our own thinking. Isn’t it great to be able to say, “the past is gone” and I can’t do anything about it but from this point forward I’m going to improve my life by improving the quality of my thinking? As I said a moment ago, the choice is yours. What is so tragic for me to realize is that millions of people could have done more and be much happier if they only knew it.
While its an individual thing, you may ask, “how do I go about it?” While it’s not easy, it’s very simple. Station a guard at the entrance of your mind. You must be very careful when you select the television programs you watch, the music you listen, the time spent on digital media, the books and magazines you read and the people with whom you associate. In short, if we are to improve the quality of our thinking, we must be very selective as to where and from whom we get our information.
It took several years for me to come to the realization that if I’m going to improve my life, when a filthy program comes on T.V., or even the radio, I just turn it off; Its a choice I make because I now realize what it will do to my thinking. Whatever you keep your mind stayed upon is what you’ll have daily.
How about you? Have you ever given any serious thought to this before? Remember please that “birds of a feather flock together” and you may have people tell you that it does not make any difference what you watch or read or who or what you spend your time with. But it does. We can trust the words of King Solomon here: “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.”