January 30, 2017 – The Power of Ideas

Today’s post compliments yesterday’s post by building on the theme – that we rule our emotions and that ideas have power.  To paraphrase Victor Hugo, armies can be resisted – ideas cannot.  All of us will encounter the naysayer at the office, among our friends, or at home.  It’s important to not let them get you down and not let them dissuade you from pursuing your ideas.

This blog was an idea that we (the Dad squad) refused to let languish and go away.  The idea of sharing our thoughts, experiences, ideas, and life’s lessons is as much for our children as it is an engine for more ideas. John Locke, the English philosopher is quoted saying, “The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.”  Write down your ideas, discuss them with someone you trust, and make them happen.

An excellent Bible verse that compliments this idea is from the Apostle Paul in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” That’s great advice – concentrate on the good or as Ballou sang in the movie the Jungle Book, “Accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative…” Rule your emotions, rule your ideas.

I’ll close this post with another good quote from yet another British philosopher and poet, James Allen who wrote, “You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you.”

Dream big – go big.

One Comment

  1. Reminds me of a handmade sign I saw on a dorm room over 50 years ago which simply read “Think and act like the person you want to become.”

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