“Watch your thoughts; they become words. Watch your words; they become actions. Watch your actions; they become habit. Watch your habits; they become character. Watch your character; it becomes your destiny”—Lao Tzu
For the better part of 2020, many of us have been alone with our thoughts, and understandably, those thoughts have been more dark, troubled and worrisome.
I think this quote in large part explains what is happening in the United States right now. Alone with their thoughts, people have lashed out and acted out. It makes me wonder about America’s destiny. I truly believe they are at a turning point in their history.
Every event of historical significance has begun with a thought or difference in thoughts: the American civil war, Aryan supremacy and the Holocaust, communism.
Our thoughts can be a friend, giving us hope, comfort and fortitude, and urging us to do and act better.
Or they can be our enemy, closing our ears and hearts to differing opinions and causing us to act in shameful ways.
We may feel like the world is out of control right now. But we always have control of our thoughts.