A slogan made famous by the United Negro College Fund: A mind is a terrible thing to waste.
College not withstanding, I contend that a mind is not a terrible thing to waste; it is just hard to control. Regardless having gone to college or not, we all have this little voice inside our heads telling us: Oh this is good, or that is bad.
That little voice is our mind speaking.
Perhaps trying to control our mind is too strong of a task. But when we say that it has a mind of its own generally it is beyond our sphere of influence. A mind of its own implies that we have little chance to influence the behaviors.
The suggestive voice inside of our heads can be awfully persuasive:
- time to go to bed, the voice says, “just a little longer”
- stomach is full, the voice says, “just another bite”
- house chores need to be done, the voice says “just wait till tomorrow”
Without discernment, we can easily be deceived into thinking that it is us who want the outcome. In reality, it is just a thought being planted by our mind. We are certainly not our thoughts.
So, you can stand apart from your mind and not allow it to control your behaviors.
How is your relationship with your mind? Does it help or hinder you in achieving your goals? Do you control your mind or does it control you?