When my brother and I we were children we spent a few weeks each summer in the countryside. Our childless uncle owned a big house there and didn´t mind having children around, so of course our parents were happy to loan us for a few days at a time.
Our uncle was a geologist and loved to go on long walks to find stones to his collection at the university. More often than not we followed him.
One day we left early and this time uncle had bought us backpacks – You can help me carry the samples, he explained.
Sure, why not. The whole day we then walked around the countryside and every now and again uncle put stones in our bags. We were a bit surprised he also took some stones out from our bags at times, but figured he had just found better samples than the ones we already had.
Still, when we reached the house in late afternoon, we were tired. The backpacks were so heavy we gave a big sigh of relief when we thumped them on the porch. Yet uncle´s backpack was half empty.
– Why did you give us so many stones? we asked.
– I didn´t. You did, he said cryptically.
He waited for a while before continuing:
– You did not know it, but I made you go through a little attitude test today.
– What do you mean with attitude test? we wanted to know.
– It is something someone once did to me, and I shall always remember it. You see I listened to every word you said. And when ever you were complaining about anyone or anything, I added a stone to your bags. And when ever you talked about something in an attitude of gratitude and positive thinking, I took off a stone. And now look at your backpacks.
We did. They were almost bursting at their seams.
Moral of the Story:
Your negative thoughts are like stones which you carry in your mind just like those stones in a back-bag.
The more negative thoughts, the heavier your mind is. A positive thought, however, cancels a negative one.
So look at those bags and start paying attention to what you say and how you say it.
“Two types of voices command your attention today. Negative ones fill your mind with doubt, bitterness, and fear. Positive ones purvey hope and strength. Which one will you choose to heed..??”
Author - Max Lucado