George Bernard Shaw said, "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, they make them."
Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it? And every person who discovered this believed (for a while) that he was the first one to work it out. We become what we think about.
Conversely, the person who has no goal, who doesn't know where he's going, and whose thoughts must therefore be thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry - his life becomes one of frustration, fear, anxiety and worry. And if he thinks about nothing... he becomes nothing.
How does it work? Why do we become what we think about? Well, I'll tell you how it works, as far as we know. To do this, I want to tell you about a situation that parallels the human mind.
Suppose a farmer has some land, and it's good, fertile land. The land gives the farmer a choice; he may plant in that land whatever he chooses. The land doesn't care. It's up to the farmer to make the decision.
We're comparing the human mind with the land because the mind, like the land, doesn't care what you plant in it. It will return what you plant, but it doesn't care what you plant.
Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand- one is a seed of corn, the other is nightshade, a deadly poison. He digs two little holes in the earth and he plants both seeds-one corn, the other nightshade. He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land...and what will happen? Invariably, the land will return what was planted.
As it's written in the Bible, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."
Remember, the land doesn't care. It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn. So up come the two plants - one corn, one poison.
The human mind is far more fertile, far more incredible and mysterious than the land, but it works the same way. It doesn't care what we plant...success...or failure. A concrete, worthwhile goal...or confusion, misunderstanding, fear, anxiety and so on. But what we plant it must return to us.
You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored continent on earth. It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams. It will return anything we want to plant.
SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. - JDW
Most of us do not accept, or even believe in, the continual flux of life. However strange this may seem, once we truly accept this on a physical level, we will not need to search for certainty....
As you tackle the tribulations of life, insight helps you refrain from taking yourself, your challenges, and life itself too seriously, because you will know that no matter what situation you are in, good or bad, it will change. [emphasis mine] This insight into the changing nature of the world will give you equanimity and joy. - Kamal Sarma
Money will command your attention. Allow it a proper place in your life, but deny it a throne.
Money means many things, but nothing so much as a yardstick by which your measure will be taken.
The need of it, the use of it, the power of it, the love of it will be used by others to define who you are and who you are not.
Even you may use it to determine how you should perceive yourself.
Be careful: money is also known to be a relentless slave master. If I have learned anything from this balancing act, it is the importance of defining your worth in your own terms. - Sidney Poitier
THE GREATEST PROP BETTOR IN THE WORLD
Seriously suspicious about his tax returns, the IRS decided to audit Chuck, and summoned him to the local IRS office.
The IRS auditor was hardly surprised when Chuck showed up closely followed by his attorney. An attorney can be handy at an audit.
"Well, sir, you have an extravagant lifestyle and no full-time employment, which you explain by saying you earn your income as a gambler," began the auditor. "I'm not sure the IRS finds that explanation completely credible."
"I am a great gambler and I can prove it," said Chuck. "How about a demonstration?"
The auditor thought for a moment and said, "Okay, sure, go ahead."
Chuck said, "I'll bet you a thousand dollars I can bite my own eye."
The auditor thought for another moment and said, "No way! It's a bet."
"Way," said Chuck, as he removed his glass eye and bit it.
The auditor's jaw dropped. Suffice to say, he was taken aback.
Sensing an opportunity, Chuck said, "Now, I'll bet you two thousand dollars I can bite my other eye."
Being an astute bureaucrat, the auditor could tell - obviously - Chuck wasn't blind, so he took the bet.
Chuck removed his dentures and bit his good eye.
It began to dawn on the stunned auditor he had now wagered and lost three thousand dollars, which he could ill afford to lose. And, worse yet, Chuck's attorney was a witness. The auditor was clearly shaken.
"Want to go double or nothing?" Chuck said. "I'll bet you six thousand dollars I can stand on one side of your desk, and pee into that wastebasket on the other side, and never get a drop anywhere in between."
The auditor, twice burned, was understandably cautious at that point. But, being no fool, he studied the situation and he studied the situation. Finally, having pondered every possible eventuality, he decided there was no way this guy - Chuck -could manage that stunt. So, he took the bet.
Chuck stood beside the desk and unzipped his pants. And although he strained mightily, he could not make the stream reach the wastebasket on other side. Basically, he pretty much urinated all over the government's desk. Chuck's tax returns for the last seven years were soaked.
The auditor leaped with joy, as he realized he had just turned a major loss into a huge win.
But then Chuck's attorney moaned aloud and put his head in his hands.
"Are you okay?" the auditor asked, still beaming brightly.
"No, I'm not, not really," said the attorney. "This morning, when Chuck told me he'd been summoned for an audit, he bet me twenty thousand dollars he could come in here and piss all over an IRS official's desk and you'd be happy about it".
Moral: If somebody offers you a bet which seems impossible to lose, it is most likely impossible to win.