Say goodbye to darkness and hello to eunoia

I just learned a new word: eunoia. It means beautiful thinking. I want to fill my mind (and this blog post) with eunoia!

If your recipe for happiness isn’t making you happy, it’s time to get a new recipe. Happiness is achieved from within. It doesn’t just fall on you.

Self-censoring is a good thing. If you censor yourself by your conscience, you’ll avoid much guilt and pain. You’ll prepare the way for eunoia.

When life looks blurry and confused, refocusing can clear things up. If you’re unhappy with your life, reprioritize. When you change your priorities, you change your life. To live without healthy priorities, is to be aimless and confused.

Scrambled priorities produce a scrambled lifestyle. When your life feels out of focus, listening to your conscience can give you clear vision. All feelings aren’t valid. Some are outright lies.

Happiness isn’t a choice but deciding to continually fight internally, until you achieve inner peace and joy, is a choice. Happiness requires wisdom, because without wisdom we unintentionally unleash much unhappiness. We all have the responsibility to be our own mental and emotional caretaker.

Wisdom teaches us to stop thinking, saying, and doing the things that are making us unhappy. Self-focus creates much self-inflicted pain. Instead focus on wisdom. Say goodbye to darkness and hello to light.

Letting harmful thoughts take over your mind is like letting insects take over your house. Unhealthy thinking can clog up a healthy brain and block out the beautiful thinking of eunoia. Distressing, unwanted, and intrusive thoughts can be resisted, disagreed with, and commanded to leave.

True levity is such sweet silliness. Good natured levity relieves much stress and can lighten heavy loads.

I need to frequently and regularly read uplifting material that is full of eunoia. Without it, despair knocks on my door.

Some of the impulses within us come from our own desires, some from evil, and some from God. Recognize their source can help us embrace eunoia.

We don’t yet have someday
And yesterday’s gone away.
All we have is now, now, now, now, now . . .

Think beautifully today!

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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