Dateline: August 24th, 2018—I turned 80 today!
“Hey Tom, do you ever feel “nervy”?”
“Oh yes, Dave, it’s fashionable now days to put everything down to “Nerves.”
“When I feel nervous I become a nuisance to myself and everyone else. It’s down to having thought control to get rid of nerves.”
“So Dave, you’re saying people who have learned to control their thinking don’t suffer from nerves.”
“That’s right, Tom, most people who suffer from nerves are worriers.”
“I do tend to see the worst in situations. I am a pessimist at times.”
“The problem is, Tom, we are constantly thinking. And your thinking always comes back to you as a feeling. If you feel bad and nervous you’re thinking negatively. What you need is the WILL to think rightly.”
“So Dave, you’re saying I should strengthen my will power?”
“That’s right, the strong-willed man is the man who can face the battle of right thinking and win. And each time a fight is won the WILL is strengthened.”
“Dave, I’m going to think right and positive right now!”
“That’s the ticket, Tom, remember the way you feel is determined by your thoughts. So guess what: the more attention you put on being nervous, the worse you will feel.”
“That’s food for thought, Dave.”
“Here’s a final thought for you, Tom:
Being upset by your nerves and thoughts is like writing yourself a nasty letter—and then being offended by that letter.”
With that Tom and Dave walked out into the sunshine to face the world calmly.
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