"How you doin' Jack (or Jill)?" I asked a recreation-center friend last week.
"Same ole, same ole," he said.
"Come on man," I said. "We've got ski season in full swing. That's got to put a spring in your step."
"Probably so," he said. "But I need something new to fire me up."
He begged the question: why do some people find great joy in living while others find endless labor in their lives?
I think many beleaguered people pick up "leftover thinking" much like they eat "leftover" vittles from Thanksgiving. While it may taste all right, it doesn't provide the vibrancy of the initial meal.
President Thomas Jefferson once said, "We've got a wolf by the ears. We can't keep him and we can't let him go. Both options remain dangerous."
In this fast-paced age, we may harbor "leftover thinking" such as "I'm not good enough" or "Am I enough?" or "I don't measure up to others."
Some great philosopher said, "We find two wolves fighting in our minds. The good wolf and the bad wolf."
A student asked, "Which one wins?"
The teacher said, "The one you feed."
Which leads to the question: how to you change your leftover thinking?
Remember that form follows thoughts. What you think determines how you feel. Thoughts create ideas and attitudes. No matter what your situation, you can choose to feed the wolf that will move you forward.
It's starts with the P.A.C.E. Concept: Positive Attitude Changes Everything.
In order to become a person who relishes daily living, you enjoy the choice to create a "Positive" mindset. You may feed the "animal" in your mind with your highest and best thoughts. You may be an introvert or an extrovert. By changing your thinking, you brighten and enliven every cell in your body. By changing your thoughts to positive energy, you create a positive outcome.