What are the only true possessions we have in this life?
We come into this world with nothing, but we spend a tremendous amount of time and energy on accumulating what we think are worthwhile possessions. Even more time and effort is then spent on maintaining those possessions.
The need to acquire more material possessions is driven by the materialism of the age we live in. We’re therefore inclined to determine people’s value by the possessions they have. If they live in big houses in exclusive suburbs, drive upmarket cars and wear good quality clothes, they are perceived to be people of great value. The opposite is also true – a homeless person with only the clothes on his/her back is considered to be of very little value.
And along with value, possessions determine importance – certainly in the eyes of some. They will therefore regard someone with many material objects as more important and will treat their opinions as more important.
While those with many objects and those with few or no objects have a very different reality as determined by the material objects they have accumulated, in truth, they both have exactly the same amount of “real” possessions.
The possessions we think are ours are not. We have them on loan for part or maybe all of our life on earth but for no longer. We may regard these objects as ours but there is no checked luggage or carry-on luggage allowed on our departure from this life. All the objects we accumulated in life are left behind to and for someone else.
Now, before you start getting depressed and giving everything away, let me tell you where I’m going with this.
According to self-mastery teacher Yanni Maniates, our thoughts are our only “real” possessions.
That means that our thoughts are the only “possessions” that belong to us and to nobody else. They are the only things that are with us wherever we go and whatever we do. No-one can own our thoughts – they are exclusively ours. No-one can ever rob us of our thoughts – they are in no danger of being lost.
In fact, our thoughts are what determine what other objects we accumulate in life.
If our thoughts are our only possessions, surely we should be spending a lot more time and effort on ensuring that they’re in the best possible condition by maintaining them in good order.
In what condition are your thoughts? Are they dusty, in bad condition and in disrepair or are they polished, in excellent condition and in well maintained?
You’d be surprised in what condition people’s thoughts are. Don’t be one of them. I encourage you to pay special attention to your thoughts to determine their condition. Your thoughts will determine who you are, what you do and who you become. Your other “possessions” will not do that for you.
Train your thoughts, keep them fit and in excellent condition if you want to experience the best reality possible in this life. Ditch thoughts about your past that are holding you back from living fully the present and embracing the future.
You will never be able to move to the future you desire while giving unlimited attention to the thoughts of the past. Negative thoughts will result in your emitting negative energy and attracting negative experiences and people into your life. Is that what you want? I bet not!
Make a conscious decision to think positive and uplifting thoughts, encouraging thoughts and great thoughts. They will result in your, in time, experiencing a positive, uplifting and great reality.
If you focus on thoughts of fear, the chances of what you fear happening increase. Simply put, fear is focusing on what you don’t want to happen. So, if you don’t want it to happen, stop focusing on it and start focusing on what you do want to happen!
As you enjoy the fruits of your good, positive thoughts, you will start to experience a reality you never imagined was possible.
Alan Hosking is the publisher of HR Future magazine, www.hrfuture.net, @HRFuturemag, and assists executives to prevent, reverse and delay ageing, and achieve self-mastery.