The Rabbit Hole of Worry
An ancient proverb says that it’s important for us to keep our hearts with all diligence for out it springs the issues of life. In other words, we must watch over our hearts because that is where everything in our life originates. The good news is that we have control over what we dwell on. It really is a choice.
So, what is our heart? It’s not so obvious, but let me illustrate. We do have an organ in our chest that pumps blood through our body, delivering life and distributing nutrients. Life is in the blood. No blood and you die quickly. Your life flows from your blood, which flows from your heart. Life starts in the heart.
We also have another heart. This heart is the center of our thoughts and feelings. It’s our mind and emotions. This is similar to the heart in our chest. Out of this heart flows the issues of your life. Our thoughts are like blood to our body.
We are responsible for what we allow our mind to dwell on. Thoughts come and go all day, and if we are not careful we can be led down the proverbial rabbit hole of worry. Take responsibility for your thoughts and guard your heart. Do not be passive and let your mind run wild.
The Law of Consignation states that we become what we think about and that we think about what we most expose ourselves too. What are you feeding your mind? I turned off Fox News because it was making me angry and I was dwelling on things that made me feel upset.
We can’t not think about something, but we can think about something else. Replace the thoughts that lead you down the rabbit hole of worry with something different. Over time, you will become what you think about most. In other words, our life flows from our heart, like the ancient proverb says.
Think on things that are good, pleasing to your self, things that are true and compelling. Think about what you have, not what you don’t have. If you need more money be grateful for the money that you have. Focus on the good and you’ll get more.
One very hot August day, I was canvassing a neighborhood in Bessemer, Alabama, because we had no work. I became discouraged because of all the no’s. My mind began to wander into thoughts that were not true. I was going down into the rabbit hole of worry. I was thinking this doesn’t work anymore, what am I going to do, how am I going to keep the guys busy and on and on and on?
I stopped walking and said out loud to myself “NO, NO, NO THIS IS NOT TRUE. Then I recounted all the deals I had closed from canvassing and it was more than I could count. I remembered twenty or thirty of them, spoke their names out loud and guarded my heart. I pushed through the negative thoughts and set several appointments.
What’s the bottom line? You can be the guard over your heart. Take responsibility for it and bring all thoughts under the captivity of what is true. If you don’t want what you are thinking about, think about something you do want.