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Great Minds Like A Think July 11, 2013

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, People.
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170px-Alice_par_John_Tenniel_30Many/most/all humans are delusional.

We accept what conforms to our beliefs and reject any and all evidence to the contrary.

By way of example, in college, when I was slim and trim, I saw only my imperfections and envisioned myself as an impossibly large gargantuan plodding oaf.

Fi Fie Fo Fum.

When I flip through photo albums and see photos of me THEN, now . . . I am amazed (and dismayed) at my ridiculously skewed judgment back then.

What the hell was I thinking?

In like vein, now that I am not so young and lithesome, I see myself in my mind’s eye as youthful and spry.

Until I see photographic evidence to the contrary or am taken aback by peering into the mirror and really seeing myself as I am, today.

Wow!  When did THAT happen?!

And it’s not just me.  Of course it isn’t.

I see plenty of hare-brained, bird-brained, scatter-brained folks wandering blithely about . . . oblivious to reality, lost in delusional thinking.

Calvin-gots-an-IdeaGiven that we are subject to delusions in our thinking, the trick is to make our delusions work FOR us not AGAINST us.

Visualize yourself as you want to be . . . and you will become.  Or you won’t. But in the meantime, you’ll be far happier.

Aah . . . that’s better!

And, now, a question.  If you had to choose between being “brilliant, but troubled” or a “happy idiot,” which would you choose?

Despite my daily pursuit of happiness, I would NOT voluntarily shed my intelligence and ability to think in order to move a few notches up the happiness ladder.

What about you?

The title of this post is the new marketing slogan for The Economist.