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Thoughts Lead to Actions, Actions Lead to Habits
Guiding Principles for Turbulent Times
There’s something Mark Twain said that rings true to me: “The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you understand why.” I’ve thought about these words a lot, and I feel fortunate that I’ve found my purpose in life. If you haven’t gotten to that place yet, ask yourself what brings you peace and happiness? In times like these, maybe you have an opportunity to home in on what matters to you and makes you feel like you’re living as the best version of yourself. Find your purpose in life — the bright light that will guide you through even the most turbulent times. Let it be the foundation for your values. When life does slow down a bit, reflect, pause, and take a moment to consider what’s important. As fast as the troublesome times are that we are facing, they will end. In the meantime, remember that while there’s a lot that is out of your control right now, you do get to choose which thoughts to give credence to that will become the framework for your destiny.
When you sow a character, you reap a destiny.
Like the foundation of a home, the foundation for your life is made up of thoughts, actions, and habits that create your character and, ultimately, your destiny. It’s important to respond to what’s going on around you and take measures to protect your health and wellness without letting thoughts of “what could be” overwhelm you. If we can remain calm, even in the face of the unknown, we have empowered ourselves toward actions that will be in our best interest. As we navigate this season, let’s make every moment count. Let’s seek happiness and try to be happy in the moment. Happiness is not a destination; it’s something that can always be found in whatever you are doing. I believe we need to search our soul to find out who we are and what brings us happiness. I find so much joy in my life by serving others. I recently got to catch up with an old patient I hadn’t talked to in years. She moved to Washington, and though years had passed, it was as if nothing had changed during our call. It’s a joy to connect with others.
The state of the world has changed since we last talked. We’re in uncharted waters here, and we’re all trying to figure out how to navigate our ships in the quickly changing weather. As a person with poor hearing but good eyesight, I learn a lot from observing the way people behave. Recently, I’ve seen many people trying to cope with what’s going on and figure out how to continue living their lives amid all the uncertainty. Something that gets me through times like these is remembering that my thoughts are mine to create and listen to, or not. This mindset comes from a set of principles I’ve come to live by:
When you sow a thought, you reap an action.
To your health, happiness, and well-being,
When you sow an action, you reap a habit.
When you sow a habit, you reap a character.
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