“Watch your thoughts, they become words.
Watch your words, they become actions.
Watch your actions, they become habits.
Watch your habits, they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes…
Last year a friend of mine sent the above quote. I don’t know the source but I do know that it moved me. I like the “transitiveness” of it.
I have thought for quite a while that we live in our minds. That is, we are what we think and what we think becomes our reality. This is especially true when we are considering preferences, likes, etc. For example, if I think I’ve had a good time then I had a good time. OK, enough of the philosophy! :-)
Let’s look deeper into the quote. Our thoughts become words. The first dramatic example that came to my mind was Adolph Hitler. Before his rise to power in Germany, he lived in Vienna, Austria, where he did a lot of thinking and those thoughts, eventually, became the words that he used as a politician. Those words, first in writing his book, Mein Kampf, and then through his powerful speeches, became actions.
Now, those actions were something that were not only his actions, but also those of his followers and/or armed forces. And, indeed, they did become habits. That leads us to character. Hitler’s character, in the long run became not only his, but also his army’s destiny. The destiny of fighting what became a losing battle against the forces of those who couldn’t accept, tolerate or live with his thoughts, words, actions, habits, character and/or destiny.
The preceding two paragraphs were meant to be my humble attempt at adding clarity to my interpretation of the quote. Ultimately, I think we must be careful about what we spend time thinking about.
I have heard many times the phrase “innocent thought.” Considering what I’ve written so far, I think it is safe to say that I don’t think most thoughts are innocent, especially if the word innocent means without consequences. Our thoughts determine who we are – our words, actions, habits, character and destiny. Ouch! Or, yea! :-)
I say YEA! Let’s make it a positive. Are you dissatisfied with who you are? If so, then consider changing your thoughts as a start toward the new you. Allow your dissatisfaction to change your thinking in order to become a better person which will be manifested through your words, actions and habits resulting in a better character that will become your destiny!
WE ARE WHAT WE THINK!
What do you think? :-)