I’ve been thinkin’ about my thoughts. I wondered to myself just how many thoughts i have to tame in order to obey the Scriptural command to demolish arguments and every pretension that set itself up against the knowledge of God, and take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
After doing the research…I wished I hadn’t asked the question. Why was I wondering anyway? Where did the thought come from to explore my thoughts? I blame it on my concussion. Anyway…the answer I wasn’t looking for… but found is:
We have between 50,000-70,000 thoughts per day, this means 35 and 48 thoughts per minute per person.
Criminy….no wonder my brain feels like it’s gonna explode! And that’s just my thoughts…already in my own head! That’s not counting my kid’s 50,000 thoughts…or my other kid’s 65,000 thoughts…or my other kid’s 70,000 thoughts….etc…and those kids all have mouths and they are all talking at me, putting their thoughts into my all-ready crammed full head.
It is also no wonder that Post Concussion patients have a hard time processing their thoughts and easily whack out with over stimulation. Our brains have been injured and shook to the core. And our brains hold our thoughts…and sort our thoughts…and form our thoughts into words. Our 5 senses receive information from the outside world and send it to our brains to manage. Now, my brains been a good manager for many, many years…but that poor thing has been “through the ringer”…and that poor thing needs a rest.
I’m not sure if i can control the number of thoughts that flow through my head, but I’m thinkin’ I can regulate the types of thoughts I have taken up space in my brain, at least to some extent. I can’t find anywhere in the BIBLE that tells me to number my thoughts, but I can find plenty of evidence that points to me controlling the nature of those 40 thoughts a minute.
That’s probably a good thing for me to land on…controlling the nature of my thoughts…cause quite frankly I feel sorry for myself…it’s been months…and I am very, very limited. And limits make me grouchy. And my thoughts show grouchy. And I have a fight going on within myself. A fight in my own head…thought against thought. I often to back to the old adage:
“The dog you feed is the one that’s gonna be stronger.”
GOD, in HIS goodness, gives us a list of what to feed our minds so that the “upper” thoughts will grow stronger than the “downer” thoughts. And here it is…the shopping list for our minds:
Fix your thoughts on what is:
Think about things that are:
worthy of praise.
Now that’s a shopping list I never have to leave home for. I don’t have to take a dizzy walk into the florescent lights, with noisy people, that make my head spin, to purchases from this list!
I don’t even have to search Amazon online, taking breaks from the computer and scrolling down with my eyes closed.
I have NO EXCUSE.
I never have to leave the confines of my home. I can lay in my familiar “concussion position” on my own living room couch and place this order.
All day…every day…I can choose my thoughts…even in this post-concussion state.
It’s my head….it’s the only one I got…and i get to fill it.
So, Kim Barnes Waterman, don’t freak out about the number of thoughts swimming around in your head. You can only control what you can control. Work on the types of thoughts roaming through your ouchy brain. Your brain will thank you in the long run…it will be glad that you traded in some grouchy for some pleasant.
Thankful makes one pretty.
Positive makes one strong.
Grateful makes one shine.
I may not be able to do all the things I’d like to do today…
but I am able to do everything that I should.