You are what you eat…mentally.
One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people. He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all”. One is Evil. It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego. The other is Good. It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?” The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed.”
Anyone who says the books they read, the music they listen to,
and the shows they watch do not influence them is wrong.
The influences may not be apparent at first, but how we talk to ourselves has tremendous impact on how we react to life’s situations. I just spent a week in Mexico building churches and homes with 180 high school kids and 30 junior high kids. I was blown away with how mean these kids are to each other. They are sarcastic, demeaning, and shoot down any good thing that someone tries to do…and these were Christian kids! Now don’t hear me wrong, I am not singling these kids out. These students are no different than any other group of kids, but it is no wonder the younger generations are having such an identity crisis! There are many factors to this behavior, but I singled out 3 this week: television, music, and literature (or lack thereof). What are you feeding yourself, mentally? Are you reading magazines that tell you you are fat if you can’t fit into child’s clothing? Are watching a television show that promotes adultery, over-eating, or gossip? What about the things you read? Ask anyone who has ever read the book before it was a movie and they will always say the book was better. Let your imagination go to work like it did when you were a kid! My heart was broken this weekend at the sight of these kids just looking for something better. I did an experiment with them called love-bombs. I sat the 10 kids I was in charge of in a circle. I then explained the game. Starting with the kid on my right, we are going to go around the circle and say one nice thing about this kid and the only thing this kid can say is “thank you.” He is not allowed to disagree or make excuses for whatever, he can only accept it. After about an hour of these love bombs, every kid there had said something they liked about each other and throughout the rest of camp I was told by all of them what an amazing experience it was.
My encouragement to you: Feed your soul the right things and let other feel the light you shine because of it. Remember how it feels to get a genuine compliment? Last I heard it was free to give those out. Sound corny? It is. Don’t be afraid of corny. We all make fun or Richard Simmons-the hair, the clothes, the short a little too revealing but try to imagine the number of lives he has changed for the better and all of a sudden he becomes a little more tolerable. 🙂