“Man is made or unmade by himself…”*
And it is through the proper, committed and honest application of thought that you can create a lasting pathway towards opportunity.
“….in the armory of thought he forges the weapons by which he destroys himself….”*
Misapplying your thoughts in this venture may lead to moments like:
“Why on earth did I do that?”
“I shouldn’t have done that”.
“I will know better next time.”
Words, sentences and phrases that look backwards. Selected and constructed to shield. Absolve. Excuse.
“….he also fashions the tools with which he builds for himself heavenly mansions of joy and strength and peace. “*
Like when you tell yourself:
“I am going to be …..”
“I will change the world”.
“When I get to highschool, I am playing in the state championship game”.
Thoughts, leading to words, then deeds.
Words, sentences and phrases that are alive. Build. Exist in this moment.
And will move you forward.
“One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour…
So let me ask you: “Where is the sense in holding in, holding on or holding out?”
There can never be an inkling of thought granted to waiting for the “right moment”. For once you do, it is a lock that it will have already passed.
Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
Give some serious consideration to what Mr. Emerson proposes.
Every day can be the best day of the year. And if you do live it right – they should be.
One right after the other.
So write it on your heart.
Bind yourself to that oath to own each and every one of them.
Pledge your sacred honor to make this the best.
He only is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day who allows it to be invaded with worry, fret and anxiety. Consigning your thoughts, words and deeds to “enduring” the so-called “fates” or embracing “conventional wisdom” can only lead you astray.
Right down a path where things will undoubtedly happen to you.
When in fact, you should always be the one happening to things.
Finish every day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt have crept in; forget them as soon as you can.
Fretting over what might have been or might be is a waste of energy, effort and time. It takes you out of where you are now: today.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense.
This day is all that is good and fair. It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to waste a moment on yesterdays “
Just until the next one.
Write it on your heart
* James Allen
**Ralph Waldo Emerson