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“What You Think About, You Bring About”

June 9, 2011 by  
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My friend and coauthor, Dr. Rallie McAllister, told me that one day. I’d never heard it put so eloquently. It’s so true–what we think about, we bring about.

The one place in my life I notice this the most is with my kids. Ever since my younger son, Austin (now age 4), was born, I’ve tried to emphasize with my older son, Tyler (now age 5), his relationship and role as Austin’s older brother. (Of couse as Austin got older, I did the same for him.) For example, when Austin was just a baby, Tyler loved to make him smile and laugh, and I was always quick to point out, “Tyler, look how much Austin loves you! You made him smile!” When Tyler does kind things for Austin, such as sharing a toy, I’d say, “Wow, Tyler, that was awesome. You’re such a great big brother.”

It’s amazing how Tyler has grown into a really incredible big brother. This morning, the boys were playing with Lego-like building blocks. We have four of one particular, red, triangular shaped block. Tyler had two of them, Austin had one, and one was missing. “I’ll help you to look for the fourth one,” I told them. Without missing a beat, Tyler said, “Oh, thanks! That way Austin can have two blocks also.” It never would occur to him that he should have one more block.


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