The Strangest Secret
                             George Bernard Shaw said,
      "People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are.
                          I don't believe in circumstances.
                      The people who get on in this world
                        are the people who get up and look
                          for the circumstances they want,
                                  and if they can't find them,
                                                 they make them."

Well, it's pretty apparent, isn't it?
And every person who discovered this believed (for a while)
that s/he was the first one to work it out.

We become what we think about.

Conversely, the person who has no goal,
who doesn't know where s/he's going,
and whose thoughts must therefore be
thoughts of confusion, anxiety and worry –
his/her life becomes one of frustration,
fear, anxiety and worry.

And if s/he thinks about nothing . . . s/he becomes nothing.

How does it work?
Why do we become what we think about?

Well, I'll tell you how it works, as far as we know.

To do this,
I want to tell you about a situation
that parallels the human mind.

Suppose a farmer has some land,
and it's good, fertile land.
The land gives the farmer a choice;
he may plant in that land whatever he chooses.
The land doesn't care.
It's up to the farmer to make the decision.

We're comparing the human mind with the land
because the mind, like the land,
doesn't care what you plant in it.

It will return what you plant,
but it doesn't care what you plant.

Now, let's say that the farmer has two seeds in his hand –
one is a seed of corn,
the other is nightshade,
a deadly poison.

He digs two little holes in the earth
and he plants both seeds –
one corn,
the other nightshade.

He covers up the holes, waters and takes care of the land . . .
and what will happen?
Invariably, the land will return what was planted.

As it's written, "As ye sow, so shall ye reap."

Remember the land doesn't care.
It will return poison in just as wonderful abundance as it will corn.
So up come the two plants –
one corn,
one poison.

The human mind is far more fertile,
far more incredible and mysterious than the land,
but it works the same way.
It doesn't care what we plant. . .
success. . .
or failure.
or confusion, misunderstanding,
fear, anxiety and so on.
But what we plant,
it must return to us 1.

The human mind is far more fertile,
far more incredible    
and mysterious than the land,
but it works the same way.

It doesn't care what we plant
-success- or failure. A concrete,
worthwhile goal - or confusion,
misunderstanding, fear, anxiety,
and so on.

But  what we plant it
must  return
to us.
Each of us must live off the fruit of our thoughts in the future,
because what you think today and tomorrow —next month and next year—
will mold your life and determine your future.
You're guided by your mind.
That's the "strangest" secret. 1

You see, the human mind is the last great unexplored
continent on earth.
It contains riches beyond our wildest dreams.
It will return anything we want to "plant".
And yet, with all this power
we cannot love ourselves, and paradoxically,
-we cannot truly love others
until we love ourselves.
Now, that's the real challenge; not a secret. 2

The difference between a warrior and an ordinary man is
that a warrior sees everything as a challenge,
while an ordinary man
sees everything as either a blessing or a curse.

Take your life in your own hands
and what happens?
A terrible thing:
no one is to blame.

"The opposite of courage in our society is not cowardice ... it is conformity."  5
[1] The Strangest Secret (An excerpt from “The Strangest Secret”, by Earl Nightingale)
[2] Klaas
~Don Juan
[4] ~Erica Jong
[5] ~-Rollo May
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