The official name of this quote business is called "Who Said it?" The correct answer to last weekend's Who Said It? is Ted Witzig, Jr. There was a request for an explanation, and it was a good analogy, so I will share the meaning of the quote. If you will remember, the quote went something like this:
"If you don't want to think about a white bear, then think about last summer's canoe trip... unless you saw white bears there."
Basically, Ted was talking about how we often struggle in our thought life by dwelling on something, which makes it even more stressful. We often use the tactic to tell ourselves to not think about it, like "Don't think about that, don't think about that, I mean it, DON'T THINK ABOUT THAT," but by doing that, we just reinforce the thought every time we say it! So instead of helping ourselves, we are only reinforcing what we shouldn't be thinking about, which is working against our favor. So what we should really do is divert our whole train of thought altogether by thinking about something new. Very good advice. A good verse to keep in mind for times like this, so that we can successfully divert our attention to something of worth is this:
"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."
This week's Who Said It:
"This chocolate pudding is good, but it could use some salt."
A. my 5-year-old nephew, Noah
B. my Dad
C. Kristi (Pea #2)
D. a random lady at Ruby Tuesday's that I overheard (ironically, she got the salad bar, a recent topic of discussion in my last post)