Life is like a boomerang — every thought and action we put out inevitably comes back to us at full force. Twice over the past two days I have been in the check-out line at the grocery store and heard the customers in front of me embarrassingly mutter things to the cashier that made me wonder why we are so desperately worried about what others think of us. When the cashiers asked the customers in front of me their token phrase asking for a $1 donation towards whatever local cause was being promoted, the customers both shirked quick responses explaining that they had donated yesterday when they were in the store, so they wouldn’t be donating today. Now, whether or not these statements were actually true, which I have suspicions that they weren’t, why do we muster so much effort into controlling what others’ think of us? What stimulates our need to justify a $1 donation to charity or not, when in all actually, behind closed doors we may be already donating so much more to our favorite charities and organizations?
If we train our minds to be in a constant state of justification, we will never be able to reach a point in life where we are actually living for ourselves rather than for the approval of others. Remember, our thoughts and our motives always boomerang back to us, so choose how you live with great care. You become what you think quicker than you realize, so think positive thoughts. Be the most positive person you know.
I personally have never thrown a boomerang, nor do I know how to catch one. What I do know however, is that I want to catch what I throw well. I want my life to be a net that captures influence, that soaks it up and throws it back out into the world to grow. Be an influence catcher; throw your boomerangs of positivity everywhere you go and stop focusing on what other people think of you. We need not justify ourselves to anyone else but ourself, and this will always happen as our thoughts become personified in our actions.