A short book, As a Women Thinketh (the adapted version of James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh) had a profound impact on how I manage my thoughts and therefore my being. During a retreat, I was asked to provide a 10-minute lesson on key themes of the book. Here are some quotes that stuck with me, and that I try to live by:
- “A woman is literally what she thinks, her character being the complete sum of all her thoughts.”
- “As she thinks, so she is. As she continues to think, so she remains.”
- “Cherish your visions. Cherish your ideals. Cherish … the beauty that forms in your mind, the loveliness that drapes your purest thoughts, for out of them will grow all delightful conditions … if you but remain true to them your world will at last be built.”
- “Every action and feeling is preceded by a thought.”
In summary, all actions and all emotions begin with thought. Change your thoughts and this will change your emotions. Change your emotions, and this will change your actions, and those actions will change your circumstances.
I have learned to respect and appreciate the power of my own thoughts, and to develop and change them in order to live a life of meaning.