I'm upset because of what I think you think of me."
Even though I am reaching the half-century mark, when it comes to my thinking, I must be a loving but firm parent to myself. It takes diligence to mind our thoughts. At any moment they can run off and dream all sorts of nonsense, usually casting me in the roll of the victim in some out of control circumstances and then convincing me I must "get them before they get me!" The good news is, gentle effort is all that is required to nudge our thoughts in a healthy direction (and subsequently saving us from getting into situations that we'll ultimately regret). But it is still effort nonetheless and no one but ourselves can guide our thinking. Life really is an inside job so I guess you can say, our own damn fault.
Silent Unity’s February 9th’s Daily Word gives the perfect prescription to redirect faulty thoughts. Here it is;
I am free to choose my thoughts and shape my world.
Just as I walk or drive in the direction I am looking, I also move in the direction of my thoughts. If for any reason I decide to walk a different path, I am free to change my thoughts to direct me there. I am free to shape the course of my life.
If I'm holding persistent thoughts of limitation of any kind, I gently sweep them away and replace them with encouragement. I affirm the truth that I am capable and worthy, because the power of God is within me. With this power, I am free to choose my thoughts and shape my world.
With attentiveness and practice, I form a new vision that reveals more of my God-given potential. My thoughts steer me toward fullness of life, joy and inner peace. I am grateful to God for the freedom of thought.
The truth will make you free.--John 8:32
"I have the power to change my mentality and when I change it my outer expression and experiences must change too. I have the power to choose my thoughts, no one can keep me from my true place." - Emmet Fox