Dogs poop. Dogs poop a lot.
Today I got out into the backyard and cleaned up the dog poop that's been accumulating over the last several weeks - yuck!
I had been meaning to get out there earlier, but there always seemed to be a reason not to - it was raining, snowing, windy, bitter cold; not to mention the puppy always seemed to be underfoot making it near impossible to clean.
You have a lot of time to think when you're scooping poop.
I thought about how much easier it would be to just clean it up as it happens, no matter how small or large the mess. Yeah, it might be a little inconvenient and unpleasant at the moment, but then I wouldn't have to think about it again. I would have the freedom to move freely throughout my backyard without having to focus on the poop and how to avoid it. Ignoring the poop doesn't make it disappear. It just builds up and becomes more difficult to clean up over time.
How like life is that?
I've been learning about the power our thoughts have in shaping our lives.
Kirk Duncan in his Mind of Steel CD teaches us about the cycle of Thoughts > Emotions > Actions > Results. If our thoughts are negative, the results in our life are going to be negative too. BUT, if we quickly clean up those negative (poopy) thoughts (no matter how small or large they are) as soon as they make an appearance in our brain and replace them with positive thoughts, positive results will start happening in our life!
There will always be ways to rationalize negative thinking - to justify not cleaning up the dog poop. However, just like the poop in the backyard, our negative thoughts are easier to clean up when they first appear and the results of our efforts will be amazing.
Take some time to think about the thoughts being dumped into your brain. It might be time to start shoveling!
The Mama B