Thrilled to share from our first International Feauture Writer from Zimbabwe, Dumo Nyathi. She graduated with a LLB(Hons) from University of London. She is passionate about being passionate. She is fuelled by the desire to give people passion for their lives, career and ministry. She is a long time Sunday School teacher and peer leader so influencing and nurturing minds is one of her gifts. Currently she is working with The Life Project: restoring order to one of her country’s biggest referral hosptials. The Life Project is refurbishing the maternity hospital-Mpilo hospital. They raise funds through fundraising events to redo the wards from walls to machines.She currently attends River of life International. Enjoy!
“As a single footstep will not make a path on the earth, so a single thought will not make a pathway in the mind. To make a deep physical path, we walk again and again. To make a deep mental path, we must think over and over the kind of thoughts we wish to dominate our lives.” – Henry David Thoreau
To be quite frank, the first thought that crossed my mind when I saw the quote above is: how utterly exhausting it must be to have to think the same thoughts over and over. And yet, somewhere in the crevices of my mind where I store up all my wisdom, I knew that thought is an extremely potent and life-changing weapon, no matter how one chooses to use it.
I took time to examine the power of thought and what I subsequently re-discovered has changed the direction of my thought life and ultimately my life itself.
Most of our thoughts are translated to images in our minds and so those images are the ones that have the power to propel us. If you want to graduate from university and yet all you envision is you waking up to failure, it is extremely difficult for you to succeed. However, if you see yourself in a cap and gown: you automatically feel motivated and driven. What you allow to dominate your thought mind relays into your everyday life. For instance, if you wake up every single Monday and think ‘oh gosh how I hate Mondays’ you are very UNLIKELY to ever have a Monday that you actually enjoy, regardless of how good a day it is. Your predominant thoughts will influence your behaviour and attitude and control your actions and reactions.
It is important to actively make it one’s business to control what one thinks about. The Bible in Proverbs 4:23 cautions you to “watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life”. YOU have the power to exercise diligence and censorship over your thoughts. In fact, you have the duty to yourself to harness your thoughts. You have the responsibility to train your thoughts into producing a life that you desire.
In the world we live in, our hearts and minds overflow with desires and needs and as a result of limited resources, discontent and dissatisfaction are rampant. These thoughts of not having enough or not being enough can direct your life to flow in the negative direction. In fact, one will find that most of the problems we face on a day-to-day basis can be overcome by a simple reshuffle of dominant thoughts. Since we have the power to change our thoughts we can train our thoughts to be beneficial to us. We can strengthen our thoughts. If one plants a sunflower seed, waters it and allows it to soak in sunshine, it will grow into a healthy colourful plant. The same goes for our thoughts.
Plant healthy thoughts, nurture them and your life WILL change. Thoughts, like seeds, have a natural tendency to grow and manifest in your life, if you feed them with attention, interest and enthusiasm. As a man thinketh so is he!
If you feel novaturient and you know that that the time to change direction in your life has come, it will be beneficial for you to examine your thoughts and change domineering thoughts. You will start moving towards that which you desire and accomplishing your goals. Cogito ergo sum ( I think, therefore I am)
With Love, DN