• Think about it
• Question it
• Find opposing views
• Evaluate it
• Test everything, hold on to what is good
Whether you have formally organized your thoughts or not, you have thoughts about God, the Universe, a philosophy about how things work. It can be helpful for you to figure out what your thoughts are about these areas, then decide if that is the way you want to think. And rework or reaffirm what you think, what you believe.
See if your actions match what you believe.
Find ways to change your actions to match what you believe.
Example ~ Carrots and Peas
I hated carrots and peas when I was in college. Someone asked me why I hated them. When I thought about it, I remembered that when I was six my Dad made me eat some carrots and peas before I could leave the dinner table. My sister ate them after about 15 minutes. I was content to sit there forever. My Dad was losing patience and wrapped them in some bread, buttered it and helped me to swallow it.
Victory for him?
After two or three minutes, I threw up the carrots and peas.
He reworked his approach to raising me. Forcing things wasn’t a valuable tool for him anymore. For me, I decided that it wasn’t a valid reason to hate carrots and peas. So I started trying them. After some experimentation I came to different conclusions. I liked carrots raw, and they weren’t too bad if they were cooked in something like a pot roast. Peas, I really didn’t like. I didn’t like the texture or the taste.
I think that they are both good food items. Carrots I will eat, peas I won’t eat. This is now based on taste and choice, not a reaction to an early childhood experience.
Simple little example.
Now my current beliefs have changed.
My actions and current beliefs now match.
The challenge for each person is to evaluate from time to time what they believe to be true (their philosophy of life), and to decide if this is still what they believe to be true. Then match up their beliefs with their actions.