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What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered.
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Constant influence

On a ship sitting at anchor, turning the rudder, even an extreme amount, has zero effect. Yet when the ship is in motion, just the slightest change in the rudder can change the ultimate destination by hundreds of miles.

Much as the rudder guides the direction of a ship, your thoughts guide the direction of your life. Though thoughts have no external power of their own, they exert a continuing influence on the direction of your life.

By very definition, life is dynamic, always moving, always changing. Your thoughts influence the nature of that change, the direction of that motion.

Even the smallest thoughts have great influence as they are magnified by your actions over time. Every thought you choose has an impact on the way your life unfolds.

Negative thoughts may seem harmless, and even comforting because of their familiarity. Yet each negative thought is turning the rudder of your life toward an undesirable destination.

Fortunately, you are in control and can quickly point your thoughts in a positive, empowering direction just by choosing to do so. Remind yourself often of the influence of every thought, and use positive thoughts to lead life where you want it to go.

— Ralph Marston

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