Ged’s ‘QR’ of the week #12


“A school bell sounds irritating at 9am, but at 4pm it can sound melodious!”



The sound of the bell is the same. Right?
So what causes the difference in our attitude and response to it?
Yes, our thinking about it.
If I’m not looking forward to the school day ahead, as often I didn’t, it would bring me negative thoughts.
But what if I WAS looking forward my school day? It would sound quite alright to me, I’m sure.
And the bell at 4pm would make me sad because I’ve enjoyed my day at school and this bell means I have to go home. If home is not a happy place, that 4pm bell is going to sound very irritating.
The bell is the same. The sound is the same. The time is different, and so is the thinking, and what that thinking triggers.
The feelings ‘created’ by the bell are actually created from inside us. If this were not so, we would all have the same feeling from the sound of the bell every time it was heard.
And we don’t.
The feelings we have are created from our thinking about that sound created by the bell.
(There’s a wonderful song by Paul Simon called, “One man’s ceiling is another man’s floor.”)

Until next week,

Ged Roberts
Author and Mindset Mentor