“What you think, you become.
What you feel, you attract.
What you imagine, you create.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “You are what you think all day long.” As I am going through this Master Key course, I am greatly impacted once again how true this is. It daily affects our lives, our self-confidence, our self-esteem, our feelings, our emotions, well, I guess it would be all facets of life.
My biggest challenge is trying to decide what to think and concentrate on. I know that there are thousands of thoughts going through my mind every day and even at night. We are learning that we need to concentrate our thoughts on something that we really desire. I know everyone would desire to win the lottery, but I don’t know of how many of these people actually buy a lottery ticket. Other thoughts are that we desire something but then reality sets in and we realize that what we desire at that moment isn’t reasonable or has been suppressed by other thoughts. Let me give you an example:
Growing up it was my desire to be an airline pilot. I didn’t think about it a whole lot, but thought that maybe I had a chance at it. However, leaving high school, I wasn’t even thinking about what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Going to college was just a way from me to procrastinate the decision a little longer. Plus, I had the whole summer to think about what college I wanted to go to. It just happened that summer, my dad had gotten me a job that was near the airport. All summer long I would look up into the sky and watch as the airplanes came and went.
It was after work one evening, I drove the 1/4 mile to the airport just to visit the Flight Service Station and watch as the pilots would fuel their own airplanes. Yes, it was a very small airport where you had to do many tasks yourself for your own airplane. It was on this particular day that as I was watching this pilot fuel his airplane, it dawned on me that I knew this pilot. He had been my teacher in grade school for two years. He had been the in Air Force and I had had a introduction flight with him when I was in his 6th grade class.
In those days you could walk out to the fueling pit, and so I walked out there to introduce myself just in case he didn’t remember me. He recognized me and asked me if I want to go for a ride in his plane around the pattern. That just means we would takeoff and then come around and land. It was only a 10-15 minute ride, but I was hooked. He asked me if I wanted to take flight lessons and of course you can guess the answer.
Now it is 50 years later and I still think about flying, but it as the point where I cannot pass a physical anymore to fly. However, I can still hire someone to fly with. Yes, it is a reasonable thought, but other life circumstances have caused me to drift, as thousands of other priorities have taken the place of flying airplanes. Sometimes, life gets in the way and our true thoughts and desires get buried into the realism of life.