Early Morning Light and Hope

Early Morning Light on the Marina

Good Morning, God!

A new day is still an hour away. I am sitting in the stillness and silence and pondering Your Gift of A NEW DAY!

New is a lovely word. Yesterday, I was looking at the pre-holiday clutter in our home and thought — I need a new house! Then I laughed. I need to clean out the one I have.

So, God, here I have a new day. The same 24 hours You give to each one of us. And, I am free to choose what I do with it and in it. I can choose what I put into my Mouth and into my Mind.

And, choice by choice, I change. I can almost feel You urging me to sit up straight and use my freedom to “grow.” You remind me that I can even “choose” to BELIEVE that I CAN GROW AND CHANGE.

Oddly enough, that might be the most important choice I can make, God!

Now, I’m thinking of Carol Dweck’s book Mindset. She’s a professor at Stanford and her research points to two major ways of viewing ourselves and others. We can have a FIXED mindset — or a GROWTH mindset. Actually, we don’t seem to realize that we even HAVE a mindset. But we do. Fixed mindsets see a person’s IQ (and other qualities) as set — fixed. People with a growth mindset work on USING what they have.

Her website is full of ways to develop an awareness of these two mindsets. Or should I say, full of ways to move into a Growth Mindset.  I find that VERY HOPEFUL, GOD!

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One comment on “Early Morning Light and Hope
  1. adriana says:

    Thank you for this; I am facing a big challenge at work and the self talk is what I am experiencing. Now I know to be aware and beware of the negatives; and make an effort to listen to myself.

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