Last night in the dark kitchen, I pulled the plastic back on the pan and removed a chocolate brownie. And then I ate it. My stomach hurts this morning, but then again, I knew it would. So why would I breach my longstanding and winning habit of not eating after 7pm? Why, with such clear direction, and knowledge of the outcome, did I eat it?
No need to spend $100 on a therapist, because the answer is a simple one.
I had a thought, and I acted on it.
And when I did, my outer world changed. Understanding this simple fact is power.
On Second Thought
The thought to eat the brownie was not my first thought. It was my second thought. My first thought or impression was simple.
Don’t eat the brownie.
The second thought was more complicated, because it insisted upon dismissing the first. It looked more like this.
Come on, it’s just a little brownie.
I rarely have snacks at night so I deserve this.
I burned extra calories at the gym tonight, so I can use them on this.
I’m not overweight, so what’s the big deal?
Sounds entirely reasonable, right? So why couldn’t I just eat it and be done? Why did I feel the need to justify myself?
That Pesky First Thought
Because my first thought, or my innate intelligence, suggested not to. And since my my innate intelligence, which rises from a deep well of wisdom, always wants what’s best for me, I must make convincing excuses when I choose to go against it. Which I did.
So what would my life look like had I heeded my first thought and walked away?
First, I would have no need for a single excuse.
Second, my confidence, my self-respect, and my ability to act on subsequent impressions would rise.
Third, I would feel lighter and more healthy this morning.
It’s really that simple. I had a thought, a second thought, and I acted upon it. Had I acted upon my first thought, or my innate intelligence, my life would look and feel differently right now.
It Matters, Even When Nobody is Looking
A single brownie might seem inconsequential, but I don’t believe it is. Every action we take in accordance with our innate intelligence, produces a positive outcome in the world that affects others. We are not islands unto ourselves, and the people we love are counting on us to rise to our greatest wisdom, for our own benefit and theirs. Even when nobody is watching.
The Power of Thought
Here’s the good news. At any given moment we can choose a new thought which will produce a new outcome. This is how we become creators in this world, which is a pretty powerful gift, I’d say.
At any given moment we can also remember that we are not our thoughts. They stream through us, and we have the choice to act upon them or not. Our first thought or impression can be a guide to our inner wisdom and innate intelligence. The more we listen to and act upon it, the easier it will become each time we do. And in doing so, our personal and collective world will be transformed into a greater place of beauty.
Love and Cheering, (especially in the kitchen at midnight)