Tuesday, August 11, 2009
I have a lot to be grateful for, because of what the Internet has on offer. This vast library of knowledge is there like fruit on a tree waiting for us to pluck what is ‘good’ for our wellbeing, i.e., our spiritual, mental and physical health. If we have wisdom we shall choose golden fruit that will build us up, not only for our benefit, but for the wellbeing of all. I recently chanced upon one such golden apple that I examined, chewed and found to be nutritious. It could be nutritious for you too, providing you chew the chunks that are useful for achieving your objectives.
James Allen (1864-1912) succeeded in having nine books published, the most influential being, ‘As a Man Thinketh’. In it he presents the proposition, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he.” These words come from the first half of Proverbs 23:7, but note that they are placed within the context of associates or friends, and they are to make us aware of their motivations, because associates or friends should be chosen wisely. In the Forward of his book, James quotes, “They themselves are makers of themselves.” These two aphorisms are interrelated, because a man’s thoughts reveal and mould his character. According to the author, people can escape from difficult circumstances or unpleasant environments by having positive, creative thoughts leading to actions which may require perseverance and effort to bring about success, e.g., if someone is fat who wants to be thin, they must think positively and act in accordance with their desire.
What intrigued me about his book was the importance of correct thinking for successful outcomes. James maintains that what you see of a man - his appearance, disposition and his acts - reflect his thoughts. But who actually knows, apart from the man, what his thoughts have been or what they are? If they could be known, surely his thoughts would mirror his interests: his delights, his passions, his lusts, his hates, his aspirations etc.. Would any of them have been unworthy? Would he rather people not know his thoughts? Would any of his interests have been out of keeping with his public profile?
Have you ever looked intently at your ‘Favourites’ or ‘Bookmarks’ lists lodged on your computer? Do they represent your interests and your frequent thoughts, your passions, likes and dislikes? Delve a bit further and examine the hard drive of your computer where your interests and thoughts may be recorded, perhaps some placed in the trash bin. Are you happy with what you find?
Maybe we could all learn a few lessons from James Allen? On my part I have learnt a few things, and I can recommend a read of his short book which is free online at:http://jamesallen.wwwhubs.com/think.htm , but remember, it’s what YOU think is important, not what others think of you.