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"Don't Sweat the Small Stuff" by Richard Carlson

5 years ago
Realize the Power of Your Own Thoughts

"If you were to become aware of only one mental dynamic, the most important one to know about would be the relationship between your thinking and the way you feel?"

"It's important to realize that you are constantly thinking. Don't be fooled into believing that you are already aware of this fact! Think, for a moment, about your breathing. Until this moment, when you are reading this sentence, you had certainly lost sight of the fact that your were doing it. The truth is, unless you are out of breath, you simply forget that it's occurring".
"Thinking works in the same way. Because you're always doing it, it's easy to forget that it's happening, and it becomes invisible to you. Unlike breathing, however, forgetting that you are thinking can cause some serious problems in you life, such as unhappiness, anger, inner conflicts and stress. The reason this is true is that your thinking will always come back to you as a feeling; there is a point-to-point relationship".

"Try getting angry without first having angry thoughts!"