Watch your words, for they become actions.
Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.
Last week I was struggling to put together my thoughts on choosing joy in our lives. I wrote: "I want to write a thoughtful post about choosing joy over the blues, contentment over frustration, love over impatience. About how we can't control our emotions, but we can control our habits. About mindfully practicing joy and peace, rigorously, in order to lead a joyful and peaceful and mindful life."
Then the song lyrics kicked in. I wandered around humming Phil Collins songs for days.
In the meantime, I ran across the quote above. It seems to be intended as more of a warning to keep our thoughts right and moral. But think about it: If we choose to notice and embrace the joy and beauty in our lives, if our thoughts are loving and peaceful, then we will speak words of joy and of peace to those around us. We act in love. Embracing joy becomes a habit. Our character shines with peace and love.
Our destiny is joy.
Mindfully practice joy and peace, rigorously, in order to lead a joyful and peaceful and mindful life.
Life is good. Really really good.