First Thought is what a person first thinks about upon awakening from sleep. These thoughts occur before the rational mind realizes that it’s time to start thinking…
Ever met a person with botherations? Of course. Problems are part and parcel of life. They might even be what life is all about. Not the problems, but the art of solving them.
Edification In Problems. There’s a lesson for our edification in every problem.
Take a quick self-inventory. I bet you can pinpoint some troubles, concerns, disputes, or pains-in-the-derriere. Are they pulling you down?
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Problems are actually a necessity of life, but they don’t have to grind us down—try as they will.
Einstein To The Rescue. Problems and predicaments have a powerful impact on our lives. Not because we don’t like them, but because they can quench our sense of wonder in life when we accept them rather than learn, solve, and move forward.
Problems often distract us from more important endeavors. Sometimes they are the important endeavor. But dissatisfaction taints everything.
Do you know the quote by Albert Einstein? “Problems cannot be solved with the same mindset that created them.”
Albert was a very funny guy in addition to being one smart cookie. I know, I know, it’s all relative. 😀
He tells us how we create our problems (limiting mindset), and how we can solve them (from a higher/broader perspective.)
To solve life’s problems, he suggests that we must change our attitude. Think outside our self-imposed box. We must change the limiting beliefs that allowed the problem.
A problem is simply Life’s message to elevate one’s awareness, to live in greater accord with natural law.
Many of our problems—if not all—stem from ignorance of natural law. If only we had an excellent primer of natural law—precepts of principles to guide.
We actually do, but it’s not a book. It’s the observation of the principles that nature or life employs. Things like the balance of nature, consequences of actions, how the body heals itself, and benefits of cooperation. [We can discover these principles together.]
In introspection, one might ask, “What forces did I set into motion to earn the problem? How can I think more effectively? Be more heartfelt?” Asking simple questions is truth-seeking.
Then, we can solve the problem and move on in life—wiser than before, and less apt to repeat the same mistake.
Smarter Than Einstein. People often accuse me of being smarter than Einstein. When Albert was alive, there were only twelve other people in the entire world who understood him. I often find that not even one person understands me. 🤠
(Actually, that’s an extrapolation of Einstein’s joke with Charlie Chaplin where he teased that Charlie was smarter.)
Albert tells us that we can’t solve problems with the same level of consciousness that created them. He says that problems are created by limited thinking.
No Victims. So first, we take responsibility for our problems, e.g. creating, or allowing them. This means that we’re not really victims of a system, some happenstance, or another person.
Ouch. That’s tough. (It’s okay if you want to argue that thought. It’s natural to do so. Give it some time.)
Our brains will plead that we were randomly selected, or accidentally got caught in a crunch through no fault of our own. Those doggone artificial intelligence algorithms errantly singled us out.
Before we address the imponderable problems—the really tough ones—let’s first apply our philosophy to more mundane occurrences. Like why I didn’t win a Grammy this year – oh yeah, I’d have to learn to play that guitar first. (Problem solved.)
Neato-Mosquito. Actually, here’s a nifty trick, a bio-hack, or what I call a neato-mosquito technique (which is a lot better than okie dokie.) It elevates awareness so that we can avoid what our good friend, Bill Shakespeare, called “the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune.”
Bill pointed out, “When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions.” Seems that he had some first-hand experience, just like you and me.
He also gave us, “There is nothing, either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.” Bill’s another smart cookie. So, let’s consider our thinking at the get-go of a new day. After all, our thoughts shape our reality.
First Thought is what a person first thinks about upon awakening from sleep. These thoughts occur before the rational mind realizes that it’s time to start thinking.
Your first thought secretly reveals what the subconscious mind holds to be true–for right or wrong—before the conscious mind can censor, alter, or rationalize the information. Your first thought is a reflection of the truth that resides in a your heart.
Pretty powerful. Thank you, this was a good reminder and meant for me to read this today. Deep breath and getting my thoughts in order for the day. Herding cats is nothing compared to trying to herd one’s thoughts! 🙂
Thank you, Mary. Your comment inspires me to post more on this topic. (Seldom at a loss for words.)