Tuesday, January 22, 2008

What Feelings have you chosen today?


Patty said...

I'm choosing gratitude, peace, joy, and excitement for the Super Bowl!! Our nephew Torrance "Tank" Daniels is playing in the Super Bowl. How exciting is that!! Go Giants!

Patty said...

I guess the only thing that really helps me with my feelings is to remember to be grateful every day. Frank printed a sheet out the other day that said, "I'm so happy and grateful now that....." I liked that so well that I make a mental list every morning before I get out of bed of my blessings. I do the same thing at night. I also use a lot of positive self-talk. Jampolsky says we have a choice about our feelings. We can choose peace over conflict, joy over despair, etc. Well, then, if I have a choice, I choose happiness or joy. I choose peace.

Patty said...

"In the midst of winter, I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer," said Albert Camus (1913-1960). It's cold outside, but I feel warm and sunny on the inside. There are so many things in the universe for which to be grateful. For a lot of people this is the time of year that leads to depression because of the short days and long nights of darkness, but I have an invincible summer inside that keeps me dancing through my day with gratitude and thinking about "whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure" as Paul advises in Philippians 4:8. When I stop thinking about all the surprising, wondrous things in the universe and my thought life is not coming from a place of gratitude, I can choose to change my thoughts.

Patty said...

I wasn't sure where to post this poem, but it has to do with our thoughts.

"My mind to me a kingdom is,
Such present joys therein I find,
That it excels all other bliss
That world affords or grows by kind.
Though much I want which most would have,
Yet still my mind forbids to crave.

No princely pomp, no wealthy store,
No force to win the victory,
No wily wit to salve a sore,
No shape to feed a loving eye;
To none of these I yield as thrall,
For why my mind doth serve for all.

I see how plenty suffers oft,
And hasty climbers soon do fall;
I see that those which are aloft
Mishap doth threaten most of all;
They get with toil, they keep with fear:
Such cares my mind could never bear.

Content I live, this is my stay,
I seek no more than may suffice,
I press to bear no haughty sway;
Look, what I lack my mind supplies.
Lo! thus I triumph like a king,
Content with what my mind doth bring.

Some have too much, yet still do crave;
I little have, and seek no more.
They are but poor, though much they have,
And I am rich with little store.
They poor, I rich; they beg, I give;
They lack, I leave; they pine, I live.

I laugh not at another's loss;
I grudge not at another's gain;
No worldly waves my mind can toss;
My state at one doth still remain>
I fear no foe, I fawn no friend;
I loathe not life, nor dread my end.

Some weigh their pleasure by their lust,
Their wisdom by their rage of will;
Their treasure is their only trust,
A cloaked craft their store of skill:
But all the pleasure that I find
Is to maintain a quiet mind.

My wealth is health and perfect ease,
My conscience clear my choice defence;
I neither seek by bribes to please,
Nor by deceit to breed offence.
Thus do I live; thus will I die;
Would all did so as well as I!"

~Sir Edward Dyer (1543-1607)
English poet of the Elizabethan period