Question: “What does it mean that ‘as a man thinks, so is he’ in Proverbs 23:7?”. This question is on a site called ‘Got Questions‘. I am going to explore this myself, because I think it is a very good question and for me holds many keys, especially in regard to hope.
I think a hopeful perspective is largely connected to the way hope is perceived. I have battled with depression a great deal of my life and have recently been trying to address my thinking processes, with expert help. This is a good thing to do, because when we have patterns we are stuck in others are there to show us the way.
I have had a ‘lighbulb moment’ when I realised my desire for ‘a big think’, as I like to call it, wasn’t that helpful, in fact it was the opposite. My ‘big thinks’ when I would mull over and over the same situation is known as rumination. There are some really good blogs exploring this further: https://makeitultrapsychology.wordpress.com/ being one of them. Basically ruminating is like the thought equivalent of a cow chewing the cud over and over without getting very far.
I am thinking about my thinking now and not allowing myself to ruminate, especially on negative things. It is so easy to concoct a world view, based on our own scripts of trauma, rejection, hurt betrayal etc etc and actually this is simply not true. Our reality is how we experience it, but we will never truly know what others think (or don’t think) of us or why they may or may not have acted in a certain way.
I believe thinking defines who we are as people. One of the most positive people I have ever come across is Nick Voyicic, who has no arms and no legs. he shines as a beacon of hope to the world. And he has had his struggles. But he has determined to have a posuitive approach to living his best life.
So today’s recipe of hope is to give some thought to your thinking. I have heard one person call negative thinking ‘stinking thinking’. I agree with that. If some of your thoughts are plain stinky, especially in regard to yourself, then today is the day to exchange them for hope adventure thoughts. You may like to write a list of your darkest thoughts and tear it up and then write a new list of hopeful thoughts. This is a discipline and it won’t change overnight, but I am slowly getting there. And please share how you are getting on.
May we all become the best versions of ourselves. Happy Sunday everybody X