Updated: Jun 22
Ever heard of TEA? Not the one involving scones and clotted cream, no.
This TEA stands for Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions. It's the idea that our thoughts generate our emotions, which in turn generate our actions.
A nice cup of TEA, right?
But wait, what if we've been brewing it all wrong?
Consider this: we're hit with 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts per day. That's more than the number of cat videos on the internet! Okay, maybe not quite, but it's a lot.
Now, if you can single out the one thought that's causing your current emotional state, you're either a psychic or a savant. The point is, it's not easy.
So, what if it's not our thoughts, but our judgments that lead to emotions?
"Judgment," you say, "that sounds a bit harsh, doesn't it?" Well, not necessarily.
You see, we've hit upon one of the most fascinating conundrums in the mind-bending world of psychology: the difference between thoughts and judgments. Buckle up, dear reader, because we're about to dive into the depths of our mind's labyrinth!
Thoughts are like the popcorn of our minds, popping up in our mental microwave at a rate of, Like I said, 50,000 to 70,000 per day.
They're the raw, unedited scripts of our internal monologue, encompassing anything and everything from "I need to buy milk" to "Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near?"
They are the foundation of our mental landscape, popping up without any conscious effort from our side. They can be random, weird, mundane, or brilliant.
Now, let's saunter over to judgments. Judgments are thoughts that have been given the royal treatment, adorned with our beliefs, values, and experiences. They're like the VIP guests at the thought party in our minds.
While thoughts simply state what is ("That car is red"), judgments add a layer of evaluation or opinion ("That red car is ugly"). Judgments are thoughts that have been filtered, evaluated, and categorized based on our internal system of beliefs and values.
Here's a simple way to think about it: If our minds were a bustling kitchen, thoughts would be the raw ingredients, while judgments would be the finished dishes, seasoned and cooked according to our personal recipe book of life experiences, beliefs, and values.
So, while thoughts and judgments are both products of our mind, they're not the same thing.
Thoughts are the raw, unprocessed data of our minds, while judgments are the conclusions we draw based on that data. Judgments carry the weight of our personal biases, preferences, and experiences, making them inherently more personal and emotionally charged than simple thoughts.
Remember, no judgment is inherently good or bad—it's just a reflection of our inner world. And understanding the difference between thoughts and judgments can help us become more aware of how we interpret and react to the world around us.
It's all part of brewing a tastier cup of TEA!
You see, we're all judges in our own right. We judge the weather, whether a movie is good or not, even whether pineapple belongs on a pizza (it doesn't, by the way, but let's not open that can of worms).
We're constantly judging ourselves, others, and situations. This process is not inherently bad. In fact, our judgments reflect our ideals, values, and beliefs, which blend together to create our perception of the world.
Now, let's take a moment to consider how this ties in with our inner Giant. Not the one from "Jack and the Beanstalk," but the metaphorical one that symbolizes our potential.
Our Giant is shaped by our judgments, not just our thoughts. When we judge, we're essentially comparing something with our ideals and values. So, if we feel small or insignificant, it could be because our judgments are not aligning with our Giant.
The trick here is that it's all about growth. It's about transcending our past and reaching our fullest potential. We're not talking about updating our software here; we're talking about updating ourselves. We are all capable of being Giants, but first, we need to change our judgments and perceptions of ourselves.
So next time you're feeling a certain way, ask yourself this: "Is it my thought, or is it my judgment that's making me feel this way?" It might just be that you've found a new way to brew your TEA.
Remember, we're all works in progress, and that's perfectly okay. So here's to unbecoming anything that makes us feel small and embracing the Giant within.
Cheers to that!
This article was created in collaboration with AI.