My challenge today is to think responsibly. This feels like a good challenge for 2022… I will not allow my thinking to control me; I will think, but I will choose to think in a way which serves my true intentions. I recognize that my internal narrative did not come from me, but from my environment. My narrative creates habits in my thinking — snap judgements about the way things are which are based not on wisdom but on a single perspective. My narrative is not me. I can, at any time, put down whatever narrative is playing out in my thoughts and start from a clean slate. I can open my eyes and take in life as it happens. I can breathe. I can let the thoughts come and go like waves without entertaining or feeding them. I can accept each circumstance and each person as they are without judging them as “good” or “bad.” I can just be. I can learn to use my thinking responsibly… rather than being used by my thinking, I can use my thinking for my purposes.
None of this can happen if I’m unaware. So the first step is noticing that there is a difference between my thoughts and me.