Today’s blog is from the site of Mount Etna. The biggest active Volcano in Europe and from the city of Taormina, which was visited by Goethe.
It was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe who said:
“To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.”
Mahatma Gandhi went even further saying that:
“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”
So why it is so hard to act in accordance with our thinking? Why are so many people unhappy?
I believe that we do not take time to think deeply about our life philosophy. What is really important for me and what is not so important, what is true and what is false, what is valuable and what is not valuable?
When we do not take sufficient time to work on our life philosophy we are easy prey for many messages that try to seduce us, try to catch our attention and sell someone else’s values.
I don’t say that we should not learn from other people. We absolutely should. There is an ocean of wisdom in other people’s experiences and knowledge. But we should not let other people’s values enter our subconscious mind without first reflect on it and make our own conscious choices and decisions. You see the influence is soft, delicate. Most of the time it will not change our way of life within one day. But it will make small changes, changes that are undetectable.
Does it work? You bet it does! Have you ever caught yourself having strong opinions about a product or service? Was it really your opinion, or have you been influenced by marketing messages?
If it works for products and services, it also works for political opinions, spiritual voices and life values.
Normally when we are being influenced but deep inside we know it is not good for us, we may feel some discomfort. Not major, small, soft discomfort, often difficult to discover. Now when we multiply it by 1 or a 100 statements that are actually not ours and actually not good for us, it must influence our attitude and the way we look at the people and the world around us.
Les Brown said very powerful words:
“Don’t let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality!”
That is why I believe that we should make time to work on our life philosophy, that we should make time to work on our personal development. We should become good students. Gather facts, gather information, do some deep analysis, decide what is good and valuable to us! Then it is easier to think, speak and act in harmony! Then it is easier to act in accordance to our thinking.
I am sure if we will make time to reflect on our philosophy and our personal growth we will come closer to this place called happiness, which is also my wish to you and me for the coming week!