“Don’t Believe Everything You Think”
Think about that! I saw it on a bumper sticker a few weeks ago on a bathroom mirror. Ever since, it’s been rolling around in my mind like it’s been paid to do so.
I once thought that Santa really snuck down my chimney to deliver tons of gifts to me because I was that awesome; and that my teeth were actually worth money and a fairy collected them. For that, I wanted to find the man and ask him for more! More! More! Why not? I baked him cookies and cleaned my room in exchange. For the fairy, I tried taking out my teeth so I could get more money. I even made sure they were in mint condition!
The more I think about that now I realize I was wrong on so many fronts, all because someone gave me the wrong information. There was, and is, no man going down chimneys because everyone is awesome. If there was, he must certainly be suffering from obesity and chimneys would not be an option; I don’t care how strong his magic is. As for the one going around collecting teeth, the joke was clearly on me. I should have charged more! Teeth are a rare item to be giving away and I was going through pain for a $1?! I will say those tiny treasure chests that the school nurse would provide were very cool though.
So what if you’re operating with the wrong information today? Not because you want to, but because somebody told you the wrong thing or you don’t have all the facts.
- Is the world flat?
- Does the sun revolve around the earth?
- Did Thomas Edison invent the light bulb?
- If you go to school, get a good education, and get a good job you’ll be fine? (That’s wishful and presumptuous)
All of the above are false. Not true at all! People thought them to be at one time, or perhaps they were true then, but not anymore. Whatever the case, if you believe in something that isn’t doing you any good today, take the time and really think about what you believe and what you’re operating on.
Learning new information is the reason we read books, watch videos, and try to obtain facts in our best interest - Sometimes; this can help us be successful. Remember - over time what we know and once believed changes, so continue to be a lifelong learner.
I hear so many people say “that goes against my values” or “that’s against my beliefs”. Well.... Examine your beliefs! That’s all your values and opinions are, simply beliefs. I have breaking news though - Just because that’s what you believe doesn’t make it right, as much as you would like that to be the case. Sometimes, quite frequently, we’re wrong. So think twice when situations like that come along. Perhaps you are wrong...
How about everything I just wrote? Should you believe that?
“Don’t believe everything you think” (or see!)
“Believe nothing, no matter who says it, even if I say it,
unless it fits your own reasoning and common sense”
- The Buddha