“Conditions that are created by thoughts are far more powerful than conditions create thoughts” Norman Vincent Pearl
How I wish I had discovered this fact at an early stage of my life. But all the same, my life has been turned around for really understanding this fact. As a survivor of spousal abuse, I got to a point in my life where I accepted the lies that were pumped in to my head by my abuser. He thought he had the right to tell me that I was “a no body”, “I could do nothing right”, and that I wouldn’t survive without him”. Today, I call them lies, but at that time, I sincerely though those words were true about me.
There were times when I stood before the mirror and I could only see this ugliest, pitiful and stupidest, nobody. My thoughts were distorted because of the emotional abuse I was going through.
Thank God, with the same eyes today, I honestly see the most beautiful, powerful and intelligent woman that this world has ever seen. At times I ask myself “with whose eyes did you use to see yourself those days?”. What has changed? Simply put: my thoughts - indeed the inflow of new positive thoughts can remake one’s life.
This was made possible because I discovered two books. One, The power of positive thinking by Norman Vincent Peale and the other ‘The battle field of the mind’ by Joyce Meyer. Through these books,
- I discovered my true identity.
- That I am in charge of my thoughts, I don’t have to think whatever drops in my mind
- I am what I think about myself and not what somebody else says
- How to feed my mind with wholesome thoughts
As Joyce Meyer will put it ‘ I’m not where I should be, but I’m certainly not where I used to be’. Each day I practice to think about what I’m thinking periodically to make sure I’m not thinking trash.
As the Bible sums it up “As a man thinketh, so is he”. Indeed the battle field is in the mind and this battle is first won in the mind.