I go through periods of time when I like it to be quiet in the car. I turn down the radio, abandon all podcasts, leave my phone on vibrate and practically out of reach, and just see what the absence of distraction brings to me.
I am going through one such period now, and it occurred to me the other day that there is ALWAYS a song in my head. I can’t always tell you how it got there, but there is always a tune rattling around in there, seemingly playing on repeat. The other day, I was driving along and realized that I had been auto-repeating the chorus of “The Greatest American Hero” in my head. How much fun was that? When I realized it was there, I started singing it out loud (which I confess tarnished its perfection), and it put a smile on my face.
I share this, because I believe our thoughts perform similarly for us, and I wonder what would happen if we chose to be more aware of the thoughts that are echoing in our heads. Our beliefs and responses to the world around us are often an echo of what we allow to reverberate in our heads. We take in a lot of information, assumptions, and opinions throughout any given day. If we consciously choose to let the negative content to be replaced with thoughts of positive and reaffirming ideas, how does that affect us and shape our view of events and people?
Instead of assuming the worst, expecting others are out to get us, and that any given situation is going to fail, we’re going to turn that on its ear and create positive outcomes. We’re going to lift each other up to create a virtual army of happy, productive people who are making things happen, creating good content for each others’ stories, and viewing our awesome lives with eyes that anticipate good things.
Make it a point beginning today to replace negative thoughts with positive ones, not just for yourself but for those around you. If something negative comes to you, replace it as quickly as possible with something good that crowds the negative thought out and makes it clear that negativity isn’t welcome in your head. Compliment someone. Wish someone a good morning. Smile at someone. Heck, whistle while you work!
I know that life isn’t always a bowl of cherries, but it is the one life we have to live. I prefer a life with purpose that creates an environment where we can lift each other up and sing songs that sound like:
“Believe it or not, I’m walking on air.
I never thought I could feel so free.
Flying away on a wing and a prayer,
Who could it be?
Believe it or not, it’s just meeeeeee!”
Do you have a good song that gets stuck in your head? Do you have an inner dialogue that creates good thoughts for you? If so, please feel free to share them with us in the comments below! Tomorrow Begins Today.