I was so taken by Pause for Thought on BBC radio 2 by Father Brian on the occasion of a car rally for 'Children in Need' that I played it back several times to capture verbatim what he said.
“As I journeyed through the countryside yesterday I thought of TS Elliot’s fantastic words about life. ‘The end of all exploring will be to arrive back where we started and know the place for the first time’. Life is circular. As we journey through life we always learn something new about ourselves and I hope that you learn something new today as you are driving in the rain through the lovely countryside here.
I am of an age now when I suddenly realised that my life has actually slipped by almost unnoticed. John Lennon was absolutely right when he said ‘life was what happened to me whilst I was making other plans’ and actually I love another quote from John Lennon about life and happiness. He said ‘when I was 5 years old my mother told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school they asked me to write what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote I want to be happy. They told me that I didn’t understand the assignment. I told them they didn’t understand life’ and he was absolutely right.
So now I make sure to think about where I am going and stop trying to please other people all the time. I made a conscious decision to take control, to be myself, to take the road less travelled and to enjoy it at my own pace; which means that I just don’t follow the road blindly; I don’t go where the road leads. Rather, the whole point is that I go where there is no road and create a path for somebody else to follow. So my advice is be bold; be adventurous; grab happiness with both hands.
My late philosopher friend John O’Donohue put it beautifully about the excitement of life when he said ‘I love to live like a river flows, carried along by the surprise of its own unfolding’. So may the surprises that unfold today sustain you and bless you every day of your life and just be careful never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.”
I have always subscribed to the principle that positive thinking draws positive outcomes and only recently realized there was a whole school of thought following this principle when watching a DVD called The Secret by Bob Proctor et al. which said we can create our reality with our thoughts and therefore one should focus our attention on what we want and not on what we don’t want as either will bring us more of the same.
If we are positive in our outlook and orientation we tend to attract positive people, positive events and circumstances. Conversely if we are very negative in our orientation, or very angry, we tend to attract negative angry people.
The thought process is on-going and today’s outcomes are past thoughts and today’s thoughts will become future outcomes. So don’t let negative outcomes today drag you down as these are negative thoughts of the past. Catastrophe and being sucked in by other people’s negative spheres may be deemed outside our influence but the thought process will influence the effects of the aftermath.
So chose your thoughts carefully as these are shaping your life. Ask of the future for the things you would like. Have unwavering faith that they will come to fruition. Think about how you will feel when your requests are fulfilled and make a list of all the things you already have to be grateful for. This will shift your energy/thinking from negative to positive. Be thankful for what you have and you will get more of the same.