May 19

Never think any oldish
thoughts.  It's oldish
thoughts that make
a person old.

James A. Farley


Today's Meditation:

So much of what we read in inspirational and motivational material says basically the same thing:  our thoughts determine much of our lives.  If we think poor thoughts, we experience poverty; if we think lonely thoughts, we experience loneliness; and so on.  We see it enough from so many different people that we know that there has to be something to the claim, but what exactly does that mean to us?

I have plenty of friends who do think oldish thoughts--basically, they have an "I'm too old for that" mentality that keeps them from trying new things or doing things--like exercise--that they think are more appropriate for younger people.  But it seems to be a truth in life that we're only as old as we think we are, for there are plenty of older people around who do wonderful things such as running marathons, starting new careers, traveling extensively, starting new relationships; in short, challenging themselves on many different levels that other people avoid with the excuse that they're "too old."

It's that kind of silliness, though, that keeps us often from reaching our potential, or from working our ways out of potentially difficult situations.  How many 50-year-olds have considered themselves too old for exercise, only to start exercising regularly after their first heart attack?  How many older people have thought they were too old to start a new career until the day when they got laid off, and were forced to find new ways to bring home a paycheck?

These people have been forced to stop thinking oldish thoughts about their own capabilities and potential.  Imagine what we could accomplish if we didn't have to be forced--if we were able to stop all the self-limiting thoughts we have in order to start working towards our own potential?

Questions to consider:

From where do we get thoughts that limit ourselves because they tell us we can't do something for some reason or another?

What can you do today to change your self-limiting thoughts?

Do you know people who constantly think "oldish" or another type of self-limiting thought?  How are these people's lives?

For further thought:

To be healthy, wealthy, happy and successful in any and all areas
of your life you need to be aware that you need to think healthy,
wealthy, happy and successful thoughts twenty-four hours a day
and cancel all negative, destructive, fearful and unhappy thoughts.
These two types of thought cannot coexist if you want to share
in the abundance that surrounds us all.

Sidney Madwed


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