I’m sharing two examples of how people can misunderstand the power of their minds, indicating that once you have experienced a thought – in both cases a negative take on an issue – which may be expressed as an opinion, this becomes “fixed” in the mind forever.
The excellent sports journalist David Walsh, in a recent Sunday Times article, related how Matt Kuchar – a wealthy American professional golfer – had paid a replacement caddie (his regular caddie was unavailable) $5000 when he won the Mayakoba Golf Classic in Mexico. Normally caddies can expect 10% of the winner’s prize money, which in this case was $1.3M. Outrage resulted of course! Kuchar repented and paid the caddie an agreed sum of $50,000.
Walsh wrote… “The question here is: should you give Kuchar credit for rectifying the situation or remember him for his miserliness? It is the the latter that will stick in my mind.”… only if you want it to David!
In the Letters section on the same day as the above article appeared someone bemoaning the behaviour of the British crowd in the Fed Cup Tennis ties in Bath where they applauded every error made by the opposition. The correspondent writes … “it is hoped the young players from Slovenia, Greece and Serbia were not scarred by the disrespect” i.e. players may be scarred for life because the crowd was disrespectful? … only if they want to.
In both cases the people concerned underestimate the power of our mind, indicating that once we have a thought – which is what both these comments represents – it becomes a permanent reality.
Both David and the letter writer have a choice – as indeed we all do – to continue to hold on to and put energy into a thought or to let it go and get on with our life!