You’d never invite a thief into your house. So why would you allow thoughts that steal your joy to make themselves at home in your mind?
Consider what happens in a theater or stadium when a spotlight is turned on. Your awareness shifts to the object underneath the light. As you give attention to the highlighted performance, you cease paying attention to what is left in the dark. The last time we took our kids to the circus, I witnessed this scenario firsthand. As the spotlight was aimed at one or two of the three rings, the “unused ring” was left in complete darkness. I had to strain a bit, but as I looked closely at the unlit ring, I could see the stage crew, dressed in black, making preparation for the next stunt. Like the circus production, you will always have some degree of darkness in your life, but you can choose where you focus your spotlight. Remember, whatever is not under the light has far less significance.
Dwelling on something means
- Thinking deeply
- Mulling it over
- Talking about it
This is the essence of the 4:8 Principle: If you dwell on your strengths, your blessings, your goals, and all the people who love you, then you will attract even more blessings, even more love, and even more accomplishments. Everything you need to be joy-filled, you already have!
This is an excerpt from Tommy Newberry’s book The 4:8 Principle. Learn more about the book and purchase your copy to begin changing your perspective on life!