Every year they cross at the same place, cruising through rural yards, sleeping in open meadows.
The path they use generation after generation is so well known humans post signs, alerting drivers to the potential of sighting one, maybe hitting one with a vehicle … a warning.
I think about people and their generational paths.
Were parents, grandparents, and earlier in the familial line alcoholics? Was someone a woman beater? Lazy? No job? Any number of limited behaviors that potentially infected the whole line of life, generation after generation, stuck in the same rut?
Much like the elk utilize the same paths, the same methods of hunting for food on the same grounds as their ancestors. Are they too stuck in a rut? Or do they just do what the mind tells them they should do?
It is every person’s responsibility to examine the functioning of the mind. Taking control of the output … controlling emotions, rather than being controlled by them.
Purposefully looking at habitual patterns and altering course … changing the pattern to something new, for a different experience, for a new potential of growth.
Only by being consciously aware of our mind and the thoughts therein can we master it. This requires work, continual practice.
Negative self talk should be rephrased immediately upon noticing. If it is allowed to continue, it will spew into the world, affecting relationships, causing hardship.
To change perspective and develop new ideas and outcomes, alter habitual patterns.
Now that you are an adult, it is your responsibility to perfect your character.
Be careful of your thoughts, for your thoughts become your words. Be careful of your words, for your words become your actions. Be careful of your actions, for your actions become your habits. Be careful of your habits, for your habits become your character.