You are What You Think Philippine Daily Inquirer September 29, 1996 1.

The quality of our thoughts becomes visible through our words, our behavior, or even through the expression of our face. The seed of words and actions is thought. By knowing and understanding the types of thoughts our mind can create, we will be able to consciously redirect our thoughts towards the positive. Hence, we will improve the quality of our mind, body and relationships. 2. Necessary thoughts are those that deal with our daily routine like ´What will I eat?µ ´What do I need to do today?µ When do I have to pay my bills?µ these are practical thoughts to attend to our daily needs and requirements. 3. Wasteful or superfluous thoughts are those that are of no use, neither constructive nor particularly negative. They deal with things of the past like ´If this did not happenµ, ´Why did he not tell me this?µ ´If only I had done it this way.µ 4. Negative thoughts are most harmful, especially to ourselves. Irrespective of the impact they have on others, negative thoughts are based on materialistic desires, anger, lust, unfulfilled expectations, jealousy, hatred, arrogance, extreme possessiveness (or attachments), extreme laziness, etc. if our thoughts are based on these weaknesses, then it is as if we are poisoning our mind as well as the atmosphere. 5. No matter how right we are, by thinking negatively we lose because negative thoughts take away our self-respect and also, others lose respect for us. Usually, we find the people who think very negatively about others will feel lonely although they may have many relationships. 6. Positive thoughts alone allow us to accumulate inner strength and enable us to be creative and constructive. To have positive thoughts means we always see the benefits in all situations without being caught up by external appearance of the situation. 7. To think positively doesn·t mean that we ignore the reality (especially the unpleasant or negative ones) around us and pretend to love or be somewhere else. To think positively means to see the problem and recognize its reality, at the same time, to be able to find solutions for that problem. This often requires that we have some tolerance, patience and common sense. 8. A person who thinks positively will be aware of the weaknesses of others around him but will still turn his attention towards the good tendencies of others.

Positive thoughts give us the feeling of contentment within and because of that, our expectations of others become less and less. We stop demanding things from them like respect, consideration, love, recognition, thus enabling the relationship to become light. 9. Also, when we are content within, then we have the strength to accept others as they are without wanting to change them as we think is right. And together with that we are able to give ourselves as we are with our positive qualities and shortcomings, without pretending that we are something else. Check for understanding!

A. Finish the following sentences: 1. Thinking positively enables us to have good relationships with others because we « a. recognize both weaknesses and strengths c. do not demand anything from them b. can clearly see their intentions d. can avoid being unpleasant 2. It is important to know the types of thoughts our minds can create so that we can« a. control emotions & have good relationships c. react to situations properly b. redirect our thoughts towards positive thinking d. avoid unpleasant desires. 3. We must stop demanding love, respect, consideration from others, because such sentiments are« a. to be earned, not claimed c. difficult to give to anybody b. impossible to give with equal intensity d. only given to the VIPs 4. To be creative and constructive, one must« a. be particularly concerned with external appearances c. ignore unpleasant reality b. aim to change the things or people d. develop inner strength by solving problems What should a person do and not do to maintain positive outlook in life? Find them in the essay/ Should do Should not do 1. Thinking positively enables us to have good relationships with others because we « a. recognize both weaknesses and strengths c. do not demand anything from them b. can clearly see their intentions d. can avoid being unpleasant 2. It is important to know the types of thoughts our minds can create so that we can« a. control emotions & have good relationships c. react to situations properly b. redirect our thoughts towards positive thinking d. avoid unpleasant desires. 3. We must stop demanding love, respect, consideration from others, because such sentiments are« a. to be earned, not claimed c. difficult to give to anybody b. impossible to give with equal intensity d. only given to the VIPs 4. To be creative and constructive, one must« a. be particularly concerned with external appearances c. ignore unpleasant reality b. aim to change the things or people d. develop inner strength by solving problems

even with an amputated left arm. Or maybe. C. I-Necessary thoughts are practical thoughts. 3. I aim to win a million pesos. _______________________________ Title Main idea: There are four types of thoughts our mind can create and can redirect for a better quality of life and relationships. __________________________________________________________________________ B. They are neither _________________________________ nor ______________________________. II . A. C.. ___________________________________________________________________________________ B. 10. My grandmother is such a fine old lady. B.µ 9. They are neither _________________________________ nor ______________________________. Or maybe. __________________________________________________________________________ B. just boil peanuts. They cause __________________________________________________________.µ 9. no matter what.Determine what type of thought is revealed by the following statements: 1. ___________________________________________________________________________________ D. _________________________________________________________________________________ C. _________________________________________________________________________________ C. just boil peanuts. Such questions as ´___________________?µ or ´_________________________µare examples. 5._________________________________________________________________________________ A. _______________________________ Title Main idea: There are four types of thoughts our mind can create and can redirect for a better quality of life and relationships. C. How unfair my boss is! 6. We accept others _____________________________________________________________________ . They are about our everyday needs and requirements. to the grocery.. How unfair my boss is! 6. III . If it rains. Thoughts that deal on _____________are examples. We accept others _____________________________________________________________________ Determine what type of thought is revealed by the following statements: 1._________________________________________________________________________________ A. Such questions as ´___________________?µ or ´_________________________µare examples. ___________________________________________________________________________________ D. ´was I such a spend-thrift. then let·s find another venue for the garden party. They cause __________________________________________________________._________________________________________________________________________________ A. I wouldn·t be sick today. 4._________________________________________________________________________________ A. She can still work. Thoughts that deal on _____________are examples. C. I plan to bake a cake today. I aim to win a million pesos. These thoughts deal with daily routine. __________________________________________________________________________ B. Where am I going today? Oh yes. 2. III . Complete the following outline from the essay. She can still work. 8. Had I not gone to the movie last night. Had I not gone to the movie last night. 2. Where am I going today? Oh yes. 5. C. My grandmother is such a fine old lady._________________________________________________________________________________ A. Such questions as ´______________________?µ is an example. 7. even with an amputated left arm. then let·s find another venue for the garden party. 3. I wouldn·t be sick today. Her right arm anyway is perfectly normal. IV . 10. 8. C. Complete the following outline from the essay. so let·s show him how to be generous. no matter what. 7. to the grocery. II . I know he is selfish. If it rains. These thoughts deal with daily routine. 4. They are about our everyday needs and requirements. I-Necessary thoughts are practical thoughts. I plan to bake a cake today. ´was I such a spend-thrift. A. Her right arm anyway is perfectly normal. IV . I know he is selfish. B. ___________________________________________________________________________________ B. so let·s show him how to be generous. Such questions as ´______________________?µ is an example. __________________________________________________________________________ B. ´Why?µ I scold myself a hundred times._________________________________________________________________________________ A. ´Why?µ I scold myself a hundred times.

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