We are who and what we think. Personal perceptions are present realities. And that can be a very good thing or it can be a very bad thing. Sincerity is no determinate. Some of the very best people society has produced and some of the very worst people society has produced have been some of the most sincere. While it’s possible to be sincerely correct it’s also possible to be sincerely wrong.
Telling the difference is a matter of survival. More importantly, it’s a matter of sanity.
Our thoughts are generated by our brain – moderated, tempered and formed by our mental health. And yet the vast majority of people rarely give their first thought a second thought. Acceptance without examination and consideration too often results in error. Flawed thinking is followed by flawed action. We are destined to continue repeating our mistakes unless we change the way we think and that means taking the time to think.
Because our thought processes are inextricably linked to our state of mind, healthy choices are bound to mental health.
Rarely, however, are we encouraged or urged to work on strengthening our mental health. The media bombards us with information on how to achieve the perfect body. At every turn we are urged to watch for physical change and seek a medical opinion on any suspect lump, pain or rash. We are told that early intervention is vital to successful cure and recovery.
And yet rarely do we see or hear the mental health equivalent. We’ll make an appointment to see the doctor about an ache in our back but we’ll try and cope alone with a sadness we aren’t able to shake. No-one is encouraging us to seek assistance when it’s our thoughts that are scrambled.
Far too many people live with mental pain. It doesn’t have to be that way.