There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so. —Shakespeare
We all believe in the power of thought to a greater or less extent. We talk about it very knowingly, and see at once where others are deficient in its application, and realize that all their trouble comes from not “living up” to what they believe. If we would only remove the “mote” from our own eye before attending to the difficulties in others, we should progress more rapidly. All thought makes vibration. Right thinking makes harmonious vibration, and wrong thinking makes inharmonious vibration. We all are sending out a vibration, either harmonious or inharmonious, as the result of thinking. These vibrations meet and mingle with vibrations of a similar kind. An harmonious vibration can overcome an inharmonious vibration, when directed for that purpose. When a person is in inharmonious vibrations, such as sickness, sorrow, or unhappiness of any kind, but is open and ready for truth, it reaches him. This is the principle of mental healing.
Begin, therefore, with little things. Is it a little oil spilt or a little wine stolen? Say to yourself. This is the price paid for peace and tranquility; and nothing is to be had for nothing. And, when you call your servant, consider that it is possible he may not come at your call, or, if he does, that he may not do what you wish. But it is not at all desirable for him, and very undesirable for you, that it should be in his power to cause you any disturbance. —Epictetus
“Begin therefore with little things.” When we rise in the morning, we can say to ourselves. There is always something each day that can make me unhappy, discontented, or angry. How shall I meet it today? If I am disturbed, the disturbance is within myself. Then it must be within my control. We have thought in the past that we could be happy, contented, or good-tempered if it were not for others. Now we know better. We know all conditions are mental, and depend entirely upon ourselves. So if our family, our friends, or our servants do not do as we wish, it is “very undesirable” for us to let it be in their power to cause us any disturbance. They have no power to disturb us, unless we let them.
How much longer are we going to give to others that power? Are we not all tired of disturbances of every kind shall we not stop these inharmonious vibrations by controlling all angry, resentful, and impatient thoughts? This is the price we pay for peace and tranquility. Are not the peace and tranquility worth the price,—the control of thought, which is the control of self? For we cannot act until we have thought, even though the thought is unconscious.
The sunny side of Easy Street. The street of “by and by” leads to the house “never.” —From the German.
Why will we not begin at once to live what we not only believe, but know? We are indolent. It is easier to keep to old habits than to make new ones. So one day we live to our best, and the next to our worst, or very near it. If we believe in the power of thought, it is wrong for us not to use the power for good. We are not excusable, as others are, who do not realize that all thought is a force, either for good or evil. What right have we, when one is endeavoring to overcome old conditions of sickness, weakness, discontent, or sin, to pelt him with our thoughts of doubt, and persist in seeing him still in his old conditions? Why not make new mental pictures of health, strength, contentment, and virtues, and hold them constantly in mind, until they become realities to us and are externalized in him? This would be living the “golden rule.” We want our friends to help us with good thought, when we are in inharmonious conditions. Why do we not realize that they need our help as well? But one minute we think a good thought for them, and the next a wrong one, so we accomplish little. Let us be done with living on “Easy Street” and the street of “by and by,” and do all in our power to help all mankind. Good thinking in every direction is needed more than gold.