Our brains have the same makeup but different—as we are—in what they can do for us. Our thoughts are one of them. There is no restriction on the thoughts that we think. There is a limit to the thoughts that we have. It is not the same for any of us. It depends on what you have in your world to think. You will not have a thought about anything you do not know a thing about—not possible. There are no equal rights of thought. But we do have the sole privilege to think the thoughts that we have. And that is with no known limit. Now, of course, we are not all Einstein. But you must learn to listen.
And listen to learn
The world we live in is what determines our thoughts. Our thoughts come to life based on how we perceive what we see, hear, and feel. We are taught how to think no matter the genes we may have been gifted. We do not teach ourselves. From early childhood, we learn from the many teachers in our life. It includes parents, family members, caregivers, and others in our environment who make an impression on us. Unfortunately, some of them are not good thinkers and are just passing on what they were taught. This way of thinking flows from one generation to the next. It is much a part of what some, unfortunately, have to live with and is the root cause of most, if not all, disordered thinking.
You must learn to listen
Whether we choose peace or war, love or hate, empathy or indifference, it is how we think. And whatever is taught to us, we then try it on our own. As we grow and develop, we decide what to think. Even so, what we think will be influenced by what we were taught in our formative years. The way you wish not to think is not easily undone.
If you want different thoughts to think, you must open your world to more things. You have to meet more or different people, go to places you have not been and do things you have not tried. If you hold back, you will continue to think what you have always thought and do what you have always done. Even our imagination has its roots in what we know. It cannot run away with you on its own. The dreams that we have are no different; though, you may find it difficult to believe with the dreams that you have.
AND LISTEN TO LEARN
There are many things that someone can do for you, but thinking is not one of them. Though people we know, some we just met and even a few we have not, will try. For them to do so, they would first have to know your thoughts. There are some things that we have, which belong to no one but us. They are our thoughts. And we cannot have a thought about things we do not know to exist. We think based on knowing. There is no limit, but not all thinking is the same.
THOUGHT AND THINKING
When I say to think a thought, what I mean is, thought and thinking are not always the same. A thought is just a thought until you think it. Think of a thought as being inert, not doing a thing from when you have it until you think of what you want to do with it. The time between the two is so short there is no way to measure. Another thing, when someone says, I know what is on your mind, well, of course, they do not.
We are yet to know when someone has a thought or what they are thinking. And there is a good reason we do not. We know others by what they say and do. The Creator did not give us the ability to read minds. If you are wondering why not, just think if you knew what is on the minds of the people you know and see, and lack wise, they could read your thoughts. The things we would do to each other are unimaginable. It cannot be possible if we are to continue to exist as we are or at all. You must learn to listen.
Thought is not only what you had. It is also what you have. You thought, and you have a thought. You cannot force a thought. To try to do so is called thinking. Once we have a thought, we think it, or it moves to our memory. You will not undo it. It is the same as it is with life. The life we have lived cannot be changed or altered. What exists to us is all we know. And we decide what we are going to do with it. Think about this.
Say you (White Girl/Woman) are walking down a city sidewalk (at night), and you see that you and I (Black Male) are approaching each other and within seconds will be at each other’s side. You will have a thought based on your perception of me or people who look like me. It is the first thing that will happen. You will then think about us. If you are at ease with what you think, you will continue on your way, most likely unbothered. However, if you do not feel safe for some reason—that can only be known by you—you will go in another direction or proceed with caution: tension building each step of the way. Or you may not have strong feelings either way. No matter how you feel, your emotions will be based on what you think. And you will act according to how you feel.
We perceive, have a thought, we think, we feel we act: That is the order of the thinking process. So, you must be listen to learn and learn to listen.