It’s the Thought That Counts

     thought

noun: an idea or opinion produced by thinking or occurring suddenly in the mind

         I believe thoughts are powerful. They propel us forward.  You can look back at the past and have an understanding of how you arrived at the present by remembering ideas and perspectives back when you were younger or different or persuaded to believe something that you didn’t actually believe in.  I try to own my thoughts, carefully evolving them.  Life is not random.  Step by step, thought by thought, I chart my way through this life building my best tomorrows. As soon as I was old enough to drive I would repeatedly head north to a suburb that had wide tree-lined streets. I’d imagine myself living in a large house with a big lawn as I drove around various neighborhoods.  If I timed it correctly, right around sunset, the lights in the houses would come on and I could see the furniture and the art work and the pretty women starting dinner.  This was heaven to me.  I fantasized about buying furniture and planting flowers and having parties and looking fabulous on my lawn under my trees. So, after nine years of marriage we bought one of those houses. We bought fabulous colorful furniture.  We landscaped the yards, planting trees that have now grown big and strong for the past seventeen plus years. We put in a swimming pool. Every fall and spring I plant flowers. We have had amazing get-togethers here including themed birthday parties, Little League Championship BBQs, Fourth of July Swimming Parties, baby showers, and the like.  We have taken pictures for our holiday cards on our lawn under our trees. I made it happen.  I imagined a better life for myself and worked really hard for it to transpire.  I made it a priority to live in a lovely neighborhood with beautiful trees.  I focused and believed in home.  I kind of like that about myself…loving my house.  Counting all the other thoughts that will continue to build my future and catapult me forward.

“We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think.”

Buddha

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