If you are reading this you might be wondering: What it is that equips the author to speak on topics of health, both spiritual and mental? It’s a fair question. My background is out of the Christian Church. I spent almost two decades working with middle and high school students in local church settings. For the last 7 years, my role has been that of a Marriage and Family therapist. Both of these experiences have given me a chance to work with a wide variety of people and to journey alongside them. It is one of the greatest thrills of my life to do what I do every day. My beliefs are held strongly and deeply. That said, I have been able to be very respectful of, and helpful to, people of all belief systems. I look forward to this partnership with APN as we strive to encourage people to practice the five principles of preparedness.
What is on your playlist? Many of you might look to your phone or mp3 player at that question. Might be fun for us to share our favorite songs, but that is not the point of my question. I would suggest that each of us has our own internal playlist. That playlist is comprised of the thoughts and beliefs we dwell on. Sometimes those thoughts are at a very conscious level. Sometimes they are so deep we are unaware of them. Regardless of where, our thought playlist exists and impacts us in a myriad of ways. When the playlist is strong and confident, our lives tend to reflect strength and confidence. When the playlist is filled with darkness and doubt, we tend to reflect those things. In the weeks to come, we will explore what the playlist means and how we can make conscious decisions regarding the “songs” (Messages) we allow to play over and over in our minds.
I would ask you to contribute your thoughts. If you had never thought of your mind as having a playlist how does it strike you? If the concept of a mental playlist is one you have known for some while, how do you manage the content of your playlist?
Just for fun: What is the number one song and artist on your music playlist?