How many times have we all heard that statement?
How many times have we each made that statement?
Have you ever given serious consideration to what that means. . . It’s the thought that counts?
Well, let’s see:
- Sorry I missed your birthday; I had the card and just forgot to mail it ~ but I love you and it’s the thought that counts, right?
- It sure would be nice to see my friend, Susie more often but I call her once in awhile and she knows how busy I am – she knows I think of her often and after all, it’s the thought that counts.
- I was sorry to hear that Joe was hospitalized; I meant to go see him but I’m so busy with work and school and the kids and I really don’t like hospitals – I asked Mary to tell him “hi” for me – it’s the thought that counts and I know he’ll understand.
Do you see the pattern? Notice how when we say it’s the thought that counts we seem to tie it to something that is negative ~ some way in which we feel inadequate and yet sometimes soooo important at the same time?
We have taken one little phrase, 5 small words, and made a huge catch-all excuse for not doing, being, enjoying all that we can do, be, and enjoy. That one phrase has allowed us to be less than we can be and we have let it give us permission to give ourselves and others less joy than we are capable of giving. We have let it’s the thought that counts be a receptacle for our power! Yes, we have often casually tossed our power to the wind and then wondered why we feel insufficient.
We play small when we forget the Power that is available to us; we hide our light. We can think; we can make good decisions; we can make choices that are not only right for us but bring pleasure to others. We can change our mind and make a new decision that takes new information into account. We can make mistakes all the while knowing that we are not mistakes.
In Eric Butterworth’s book Spiritual Economics, he shares that “the most widespread disease of our time may well be ‘I-can’t-it is’. It is contracted by many of us early in life from our elders. Society has made a song of it that has neither rhyme nor reason, but it may be heard everywhere. . .
- I can’t because I am poor.
- I can’t because I am sick.
- I can’t because I do not have the ability
- I can’t because there is no opportunity.
- I can’t because I am too old
- I can’t, I can’t, I can’t
You can alter the pattern of harping on the same ‘I can’t’ tune over and over. In actuality there can be no progress in the realization of prosperity until you do so.”
I pose to you that it’s the thought that counts is actually an incredibly empowering phrase. We simply need to have an attitude shift to liberate ourselves from the power drain of the way we have been mindlessly using the phrase.
We have been seeded with greatness and I know that deep down we each know that we’re not meant to live ordinary lives, but extraordinary ones! We are meant to make a difference.
How do we unlock the greatness? How do we find our divine purpose?
We learn to control our thought processes. We embody that IT REALLY IS THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS. . We accept we are responsible for the lives we create and that we never again have to say it’s the thought that counts as an apology for not having enough time, enough money, enough joy, enough courage, enough strength.
When we think, something happens to thought. Whatever we think, whether we would define it as good or bad tends to take objective form in our world. Whatever you think upon grows. Whatever you allow to occupy your mind you magnify in your own life. Since you are always thinking, always magnetized, toward something, it logically can never be anyone else’s fault when something comes into your life you supposedly do not want. Understand YOU have ordered it and it is being delivered to you right on schedule.
Might I suggest that you give careful consideration to what you want, imagine things as you want them to be, build new ideas of your life, give no thought whatsoever to the false belief that some people are just lucky and yet some others must be poor; change your ideas and find that your life is a beautiful adventure.
For everything that is created, there must be a picture, a mental equivalent, for it to exist in the world of our experience. This is called the Law of Natural Correspondence. YOU create the picture! Everything necessary to give you exactly what you pictured is then set in motion!! What would you picture – Abundance, Love, Beauty, Peace, Joy, Perfect Health, a new home, a great job, the ideal personal companion?
Thinking back to Eric Butterworth’s comments on “I-can’t-itis” ~ I would say “if you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right”.
So give this careful consideration. . . What do you think? Stand guard at the doorway of your thoughts, for whatever you think about you bring about. In other words, be very careful what you ask for. . . you will get it! Your subconscious mind takes you at your word.
In the words of Dr. Ernest Holmes in This Thing Called Life, “The mind is a magnet and we attract that with which we identity ourselves. In order to get the most out of life, we must learn consciously to change many of our habitual thought patterns. If you are filled with fear, refill yourself with faith, for faith always overcomes fear.”
And so, when you wonder what is coming, let your thoughts be that the very best is yours now, the very best life and love have to offer, the very best this Universe has to send. Then open your hearts to receive it. Claim it, it is yours. . .
IT TRULY IS THE THOUGHT THAT COUNTS!