I love Disneyland.
When I think about it, I feel giddy.
When I’m there I feel like everything is magical, just like I did as a kid.
It’s not that any singular part-the rides, the churros, the castle-are particularly magical…
But together, they are joy to me.
Not everyone feels this way.
When some people think about Disneyland, they feel dread.
The ridiculous lines for mediocre rides, the overpriced churros, the cheesy castle…all of it is a waste of time.
They don’t see what all the fuss is about.
How is this possible?
They are the same rides, the same churros, and it’s the same castle…
The difference is…the thoughts.
This is the same with every aspect of our lives.
There are the facts of our lives: the things that happen and exist around us (a.k.a. circumstances)
And then there are the thoughts we have about them.
Disneyland is a place.
Disneyland is the “Happiest Place on Earth”- is a thought.
And it’s that thought, and all the other thoughts about it, that make me feel magic, and someone else feel dread.
In every moment, we are taking circumstances, and interpreting them with thoughts, and creating our feelings.
Circumstances are always neutral until we make them mean something.
We are creating the experience of our lives…
It all begins with a thought.