I do a lot of walking early in the morning.
Especially when it’s still dark.
It’s a great time to think, and let my mind wander.
Especially when it’s clear and all the stars are out.
You see a lot of strange folks in the morning.
Some out walking their dogs. Some on bikes delivering newspapers. Some people staggering home from the bars.
(Where I live some of the bars stay open past 2 AM).
The bar people are usually pretty obvious. From a ways away. They know the night’s over, but they’re trying to keep the party going.
Walking slowly to the area of town where all the taxis are. Keeping up their “energy.” Not wanting to break up the group, usually a mix of guys and girls who, for some reason, haven’t managed to close one another. Or didn’t want to.
The dog people are also interesting. Some clearly look like they’d rather be sleeping.
Others look like they enjoy it. The dog is not a burden, it’s an excuse to get out of the house.
It’s not a chore, it’s a companion. It doesn’t limit them, by tying them down to a dependent animal, it frees them.
Many things can easily be thought of “good” or “bad” depending on what you do with them.
Or how you think about them.
Take our brains, for example.
They are pretty good at coming up with reasons why we SHOULDN’T do things.
In fact, talking ourselves out of good ideas is something that everybody is an expert at.
That voice in your head just keeps yammering, and won’t shut up.
However, that voice can be your best friend, or your biggest enemy.
Since it’s YOUR voice, you get to choose.
Now, if it’s been talking smack your whole life, it’s going to take a while to change it.
But just imagine if that voice was ALWAYS giving you POSITIVE advice. Always encouraging you. Always telling you that you could do anything you wanted.
How would your life look?
The thing about our brains is we think they are not programmable. That they are the way they are.
This is why many people, including scientists, believe things like “intelligence” is fixed. That you can’t change it.
Or something like “learning.” That once you get past childhood, it’s difficult to learn.
But this is missing out on a LOT of variables.
Like if you were an adult, and your ONLY job was to learn, and EVERYTHING ELSE was taken care of (just like it was when you were a kid) do you think you’d be able to learn?
Of course you could!
In fact, for most people, that would be a dream come true!
The truth is that YOU have a lot more skills that you think.
You just need to “learn” how to “use” your brain more effectively.