Consequences start with a thought
I am often guilty of oversimplification, but in business and construction, simplifying a process often pays off big time. There is a life principle I learned years ago at a school board convention that is stunningly simple on the surface, but often tough to put into practice. It’s just four words; thoughts, emotions, actions, consequences. Everything in human experience follows that progression. Everything humans do starts as a thought, progresses to an emotion, moves to an action, which results in consequences. The building of the twin towers started as an idea which generated excitement, then great activity which resulted in two remarkable towers with world-wide influence. The destruction of those towers also started in some twisted mind which was pushed on by emotions of hate, anticipation and who-knows-what. The resulting action had horrific consequences.The process can happen over long periods of time or it can happen very quickly. Somebody says something, you react with a thought, anger mounts and suddenly a fight breaks out. Maybe a sudden attack of road rage and someone winds up in the hospital. How about an appreciative thought, a bouquet of flowers and some wonderful consequences?Let me bring it closer to home. I saw a pretty girl, and emotions flooded my heart, which moved to actions, and the consequences are far-reaching. Five kids, 20 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, work, joy, responsibility, special events, etc. It all started with a thought.Now let’s do a little reverse analysis. If we look at where we are and follow the process back, we can maybe examine the kind of thinking that got us here. Good thinking has good consequences. Bad thinking always has bad consequences. If you want to change your circumstances you must change your thinking. Well, here’s where the rub comes. Changing your thinking isn’t easy. The five senses – seeing, smelling, hearing, tasting, and feeling – are the keyboard that constantly feeds a stream of information into the brain computer to create the resource for all of a person’s thinking. If your environment is feeding you junk, then you can only expect bad consequences.If you’re unhappy with your situation then maybe a change of thinking is in order. This will usually require some drastic changes in your environment. Get different friends, change the music to which you listen, turn off the TV, change the pictures on the wall, read good inspiring literature, clean up your language, and maybe even move to a different town. There is an old quote – Einstein, I think – that says, “Real insanity is continuing to do the same things and expecting different results.” To put it simply, if you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you’re getting.Get rid of anger, resentment, hatred, jealousy, greed, perversion, self-indulgence and don’t hang around with people or in places that stir up those thoughts.Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, gracious, excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things and your life will reflect these qualities. Remember, thoughts produce emotions, which result in actions, which have consequences, and you can hang your life on that. As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.Ross L. Talbott lives in New Castle.
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