Remember the experiment? (Allow me to quickly re-cap for those of you who have just joined us or for those who have short term memories.)
1. I bought a clicker and counted my negative thoughts.
2. After several days I felt down, depressed and discouraged.
There – you pretty much have the gist of it. (If you want to know more, read Part I – just a couple of blogs back.)
I was really surprised by the effect that simple, tiny act of “clicking” each negative thought had on my mood. I guess that is why King Benjamin told us in the Book of Mormon to “watch ourselves and our thoughts.” And maybe that is why we are told in the Doctrine and Covenants to “let virtue (or power) garnish our thoughts unceasingly.”
President Spencer W. Kimball said, “How could a person possibly become what he is not thinking? Nor is any thought, when persistently entertained, too small to have its effect. The divinity that shapes our ends is indeed in ourselves.”
So I switched. I quit counting negative thoughts and started counting the positive thoughts. It was SO. MUCH. BETTER.
I loved “clicking” all the positive, uplifting, inspiring, gratitude-filled thoughts I could fill my mind with.
Ice Cream. (Whoops, did I already say that one?)
Digital Scrapbooking. (I could rack up a lot of clicks for that!) Hey! Did I mention that I won a scrapbooking contest recently. I DID!! I totally did. My sister-in-law asked me what I won? A trip to the Caribbean, she asked? No, something WAAAAAAYYY better, I said…$30 bucks for more scrapbooking supplies.
The first day, I counted 321 clicks! By Day four…(I was totally shocked when I saw this) One thousand, two hundred and sixty two!! That’s…1,262! My spirit seemed to soar – I felt so happy. My circumstances hadn’t changed one bit, only the focus of my thoughts had. I loved creating positive thoughts. That is much more fun than trying to block or chase away the negative ones.
Brigham Young said, “The greatest mystery a man ever learned, is to know how to control the human mind, and bring every faculty and power of the same in subjection to Jesus Christ. This is the greatest mystery we have to learn while in these tabernacles of clay.”
Well…tune in for Part III and in the meantime, I’m going to go to Nashville. Is there a restaurant in Nashville that I should FOR SURE eat at?
Blog to you soon,