Thinking is good! It is good to make time to pause and reflect on what is important in life. Too often we can rush in and make decisions we would later regret. Or we can allow fears and worries to drag us down into a deep hole that we cannot escape from. One of the most common regrets of the elderly is that they spent too much time and wasted energy in life worrying about things that only caused hardship, heartache and ill-health. In fact it has been borne out in several studies that as much as 85% of what we worry about never happens! So why worry?

Our thoughts, choices, attitudes impact every area of our lives, as well as our relationships and even latest research in the field of epigenetics and neuroplasticity has shown that this can even alter our DNA and therefore affect following generations.

The good thing is choice is real. Free will exists. We can renew our minds by changing the way we think, by changing attitudes, making right choices and as the proverb says ‘wise people think before they act.’ The apostle Paul gave great advice:

“Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out.”

Furthermore he said anyone who wants to pursue a full and meaningful life and experience peace of mind.

“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Then the God of peace will be with you.”

Do yourself a favour. Think well and live longer without regrets!