"take out the trash" was a command my mother shouted at me as a kid. Today, I stuff as much of it down the garbage disposal as I can, hit the on switch for a few seconds, and it all goes down the drain. The rest I wrap in a Wal-Mart bag, put it in the can out back, and once a week a big truck magically appears and hauls it away.
Why take out the garbage? Well, it is not worth keeping, and I don't want it to rot, stink, and spoil. it is a pity we cannot do the same thing for our minds: take out the garbage, and for the same reasons.
mind garbage is any negative, nasty thought you need to take out of your mind. It is anything not worth keeping and anything that spoils everything else in your mind and your heart. There are many kinds of garbage that find there way into your mind, but lets talk about the three that, if not taken out, will rot and spoil the rest of your life.
The garbage of past failures. The garbage of blame. The garbage of unforgiveness.
there is nothing easier to recall than failure. It is almost as if they are the frequent billboards on the road of life that pop up repeatedly to remind you of what an idiot you are. But here is the way to deal with the garbage of past failure-turn every failure into a lesson. When you think of a past failure, convert that thought into a lesson for life. Tell yourself "Yes, I made a mistake back then, and the lesson I learned was......" "Now I am smarter, stronger, and more successful than ever." With one easy thought, you have just "taken out the garbage" and replaced it with the thoughts of success.
The garbage of blaming others for your situation is another way to stink up your mind. when you blame your parents, teachers, friends, boss, business partner, mate, the weather, the government, or anything else for your misery, ALL progress ceases! Stop blaming others and take responsibility for the things in your past. You and ONLY you are responsible for where you are today and where you will be tomorrow.
You become powerless when you blame others, but powerful when you accept personal responsibility.
The garbage of unforgiveness can also rot your mind and stink up your future. When you harbor resentment for what someone has said or done to you in the past, you clog your brain with emotional garbage that hurts ony you. Refuse to fantasize about revenge, and focus on forgiveness. Forgive everyone for anything they may have ever done to you-everyone and anything.....whether they deserve it or not and without reservation. Then, watch as peace of mind and joy of heart transform you into a happier and more successful person. What you think determines the person you can become.
The writer James Allen once said "A person is only limited by the thoughts he chooses"