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Mindset: Lexicon

Sweet Lexicon Thursday! It's hard to grasp the scope of impact that our mindset has on our daily lives. From making waffles and coffee at sunrise to life-shifting, faith-pressing, vocation-altering ten year decisions. How's your own attitude? Take a peek into another chapter of my forthcoming book: A Lexicon of Awesome.


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I’m bent on playing the victim, have I mentioned this before? When something doesn’t go according to plan, my mind skips the current track and goes straight for the downer-ballad at the end of side one. It’s an awful mindset to have. We all have one, a rhythmically grooved mindset, and mine has been coasting on melancholy as long as I have memories to show for it. In my weakest I’m inclined to moan,

“Why me?”

“What’s the deal with money, can’t we just barter? I guess I’d have to find a skill first.”

“Why am I the one to suffer three flat tires in a week?”

At any given moment my internal Ricky D. entertains doomsday. Yet when the fog lifts and I can breathe free I’m able to plant my feet in the soil, drop the needle on track one and reach for the joy tucked in between flat tires. Like a hipster doing manual labor, it’s a complex mess.

Mindset is that internal attitude we’re prone to engage and reveal. Catch that, it doesn’t stay internal for long. The attitude of our mind oozes out of every crack and pore in our body until we’ve showered everyone who happens to be within crying distance. Just between you and me, I may have a little experience with this. Ask my wife, she probably has a rain poncho you can borrow.

I was soaking in a line from an ancient Pauline letter, “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ’s,” when it occurred to me how intricately attitude and mindset are woven together.


Keep an eye out for A Lexicon of Awesome: a melancholic's spiritual journey for a world of better words in the fall of 2020.

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