Wouldn’t it be great if your mind growled when it was hungry just like your stomach does? Let’s face it, most of us can’t go more than three or four hours without our next meal. Some of us get a holier-than-thou attitude if we skip lunch while at work telling everyone within earshot how busy we are. “I was so buried at the office today I had to skip lunch. Can you believe that?”
But how often do you “skip a meal” for your mind? How often do you go a day without injecting an uplifting story, anecdote or quote into your head? For some of us, unfortunately, this occurs daily. Your mind has a lot in common with your stomach. Both provide something to keep us going all day (nourishment and thinking ability). Both need to be fed on regular daily intervals. Both enjoy being fed by someone else. A compliment to you from a friend or a home-cooked meal make your mind and tummy happy.
Every day you need to begin your morning with something to get those wheels turning. I like to read the newspaper and the Bible just so I can hear both sides of the story. If your commute to work involves listening to the radio choose something positive and uplifting like a Christian radio station, smooth music or better yet a book-on-tape or a book-on-CD. Who wants to show up at work after having listened to a filth-laden DJ rip guests and callers into oblivion? Not me.
Guilt by association
If the crowd you run with is never in short supply for put-downs, insults, dirty jokes and obscenities is it any wonder why you often feel mopey and down on your luck? No, it’s no surprise because you’ve been “feeding your mind” with garbage and negative thoughts. You’ve been hangin’ out with that pesky negative bank teller, haven’t you? When times are tough, where will you turn for that turnaround attitude boost?
If your cohorts include a guy who wore out his shoes and just figured that he’s “back on his feet again” or a woman who greets people who ask how she’s doing by saying “any better and I couldn’t stand it” (as I have for many years) then you’re running with winners.
Feeding your mind includes all of the following:
- the TV shows and movies you watch
- the books you read
- the friends with which you associate
- the stories and articles you see on TV
- the websites you visit
If you’re not proud to show the above list to your mother, then it’s time for a check-up from the neck up!