Happy SMART Day Everyone!
Do you Google? Or do you prefer Bing, Yahoo, AOL, Ask or any of the other search engines available? Even if you use one or more of them every day, have you ever thought about how they continually direct our thoughts? And although there is an amazing amount of information out there, without the means to find it—it might as well not be there at all. That’s why Googling, or how we use any search engine, is a great metaphor for how we go about looking for those things we say we want and need in life. Plus, not only are our Google searches a mirror to what we think is important and worthy of our attention, it may also be SMART for us to remember that what we search for, we most often find.
When you think about it, we all “Google” every day whether we are on the internet or not. Every day, each of us goes through the day picking and choosing what is important to us, what we will focus on, what we will eventually act out, and what we will learn more about or ignore all together. Actually, in this way our minds are similar to an Internet search engine. When we type in certain words (or as they are called on the internet—keywords), what pops up directly links to that idea.
For example, focus on “love, kindness and goodness” and chances are you will be directed to thinking about those people in your life you love, the loving things that occurred recently in your day, and other good and uplifting topics. Focus on “they don’t appreciate me” and chances are what flashes in your mind is all the nasty things that happened to you at work, how your significant other didn’t pick up his/her socks, or even things your parents didn’t do for you when you were young. Focus on “war” or “politics” and your mind will probably dwell on ideas of either fear and retaliation, or helplessness or hopelessness. The point is, whatever “keyword” we put in, will link our minds to the ideas behind the word.
I think it is also wise to consider the metaphysical premise that suggests—that which you are seeking is seeking you. In other words, just like a boomerang, what ever goes around comes around. If you spend a lot of time talking gossip or spinning drama, then don’t be surprised when drama follows you everywhere you go. If you are constantly doing your best to help others, it is likely those people will be there to help you if needed. The idea that what you are seeking is also seeking you is a comforting and optimistic way of thinking for those who crave a loving relationship—or even those wishing more abundance in your life. Like a magnet, the power of our focus helps to attract that which we seek, be it helpful or something else.
So, what did you Google today? Did you resist any urge to type in “drama? Did you instead focus on, “How can I be of help or service to others?” Was the idea of “cooperation” more important than the idea of “competition.”? Did “fear” bring up more hits than “love?” Remember, we are the ones who type in the keyword and even though we may habitually type in words that we are familiar with (to our detriment) we CAN learn to type in words that redirects us and links us to happier and more peaceful ideas at any moment.
In case you haven’t noticed before, our individual focus and attention are reoccurring themes on this website. That’s because I firmly believe that the quality of our experiences are directly related to the quality of our attention. What we focus on—we become. That which we are seeking—seeks us. You are what you think about all day long. If you, like me, believe any of those statements to be true, then be sure and spend today Googling for Good!
“Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts.”—Soren Kierkegaard
“Focus on where you want to go, not on what you fear.”—Anthony Robbins