Life is only as good as you think it is.
And if you think it is, you may just
be fooling yourself.
And if you think it isn’t, you may just
as well take up fooling yourself
because life is only as good as you think it is.
It’s not what you know that matters. It’s what you think. So…
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It is written, or at least it is said, that if you sin in your heart, that is to say, if you sin in your mind (your heart being too busy pumping the blood about to indulge in such diversions as sin), that thinking about doing something bad
is as sinful as doing it. But if we are to feel as guilty for our evil thoughts as we are for our evil deeds, why then should we not get full credit for thinking about doing good deeds? Haven’t we all done wonderful things in our hearts, that is to say, in our minds? Why, just yesterday in the morning
I thought about solving world hunger. In the afternoon I thought about curing cancer. In the evening I thought about calling a friend. All these things would have been good to do. And I did essentially do them all, yesterday
in my heart, that is to say, in my mind. As you can see, yesterday
I had such thoughts that would make any man proud. And I haven’t even told you yet about the sins!
(Mike Cohen – July 2008)