My friend is a listener.
Specifically, he makes a comment, asks a question, and listens for the answer. And he’ll talk to anybody. People fascinate him.
Particularly in a grocery store.
He said, once, “It’s a captive audience for just a few seconds. It offers itself to a sentence or two of priceless conversation because, if one of you think the other one is a little strange, it won’t matter since you’ll be in your car it two minutes.”
Walks up to the woman who’s checking his stuff. He smiled, asked how she was, she said, “just fine,” and then he rolled out the following question. He looked her in the eye and said, “Are you doing OK today? Have enough of the things you need?”
She said, “You know, I’m a little short in my bank account. But I know the Almighty is going to write me a check real soon. So, to answer your question, I’m fine, thank you for asking.”
What you know gives you either comfort or conflict. And the beliefs that rise from this knowledge set the tone for the rest of your life.
So examine what you “know.” This woman at the store just knew that she was going to get some dividend soon. She believed it. I’ll bet if my friend went back to ask her she’d continue to know, or that dividend arrived.
The author Mike Dooley said, “Thoughts become things.”
In Proverbs you’ll find the passage, “As a man thinketh, so is he.”
Our thoughts create our world.
Decide what you know.