What I Learned from Birds

  • Some people say that it’s impossible to control bad thoughts because they fly into the mind without invitation. But here is an analogy: I can’t help that a bird (or thought) lands on my head, but I don’t have to allow it to build a nest there. If an unworthy thought darts into my mind, instead of feeding it, I will promptly shoo it away.
  • Some birds (like disagreeable thoughts) persist, like swallows that return again and again to build nests against the brick of our front porch. Our solution is to duct-tape large sheets of clear cellophane against the brick so their mud won’t stick. Eventually the swallows give up and go elsewhere. I can likewise study out a solution to thwart and replace distasteful thoughts. God will help.
  • Birds build nests to nurture their young so they can grow up to fly on their own. Similarly, the mind is the incubating nest turning thoughts into actions. What we think, we become. That is why our Savior commanded, Let virtue garnish thy thoughts unceasingly” (D&C 121:45).

 

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