By Charles Towne

Just imagine that everybody could read our thoughts, that our minds were like computer monitors that could be read, and that our thoughts were there, wide open for everyone to see! 

Boy, I bet we would be careful about what we were thinking! Or would we, could we?

You say, “I am not going to think negative or harmful thoughts ever again!” Oh yeah. If that was true, and it was a matter of will power, why haven’t I been able to control my thoughts up until now? 

Rene Descartes said, “I think, therefore I am.” Basically saying that by thinking we prove our existence. If everybody could read your thoughts, or mine for that matter, what would they conclude about me, about my character? Would they see me as honest? Or perhaps as a deceitful rascal? 

Let’s say that Mrs. Gabe Goober walks up to you in the lobby of the church and she is carrying her newborn son, Gabe Jr. Now we know that all parents think their own offspring are absolutely adorable, right? Therefore, you are obligated to say something complimentary, something nice, right? 

But, keeping it in mind that Mrs. Goober can read your thoughts, the first thing into your mind is something like, “Oh my goodness, the poor kid looks just like his daddy, he is as ugly as a misbegotten toad!” Without a word being spoken Mrs. Goober slaps your face and stalks off in a rage.

I guess it is a good thing that we can’t read each other’s thoughts after all.  But then, what about God?

Dear God, please help me so that the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart will be acceptable in your sight.  In Jesus’ name I ask it, Amen.

P.S., And Lord, please forgive me for thinking that Mrs. Goober’s baby is as ugly as a misbegotten toad.  Amen.

Life is like a grinding wheel, whether it grinds you down to a nubbin, or sharpens you to a razor edge is for you to decide. 

Live fully, Love openly,
 Trust God, and make a difference, today.

Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.


  1. Ah yes…brain plasticity! I teach this everyday to my clients. We can create new pathways in our brain with a focus on the positive instead of negative. Give a try! What do we have to lose, right?

  2. Dear NH, right on! We have everything to gain and nothing to lose! Dr Norman Doidge wrote two books on the subject. His first book was, THE BRAIN THAT CHANGES ITSELF, his second is, THE BRAIN’S WAY OF HEALING. Both are worth reading as they give insight into the miraculous working of God’s creation. What a wonderful God we serve! Bless you, Chaz

  3. I most often have very positive thoughts but sometimes there are thoughts best kept within the confines of my cranium. If others could read our thoughts it would open a whole new field of encryption technology that I would pay handsomely for as it would hopefully be cheaper than bail money.

  4. Ahhhhhh, yes! Good ole’ mind reading could be a dangerous thing. However, there have been times when I’m sure I have had
    the unfortunate ability to know just what somrone is thinking in that specific moment.
    I’m thankful only God truly has
    the power to read minds, know our every thought and see our hearts.
    So, Lord help me to remember that I need to strive towards pleasing you in that area. Thanks, Chuck for this reminder to keep us ever mindful….no pun intended. Lol
    God bless you!

  5. As you know Charlie, I am probably one of the most positive individual you will ever meet. Thanks for the great article and I hope it’ll turn some negative people positive.

  6. Herb, yes my friend, you obviously learned early in life the power of positive thinking! The bible tells us, whatsoever is good, whatsoever is pure… etc, think on these things. When we avoid negative thoughts, and yes, this can become a positive habit, we have the advantage! Blessings on you and yours pal, Chaz

  7. Dear CSG, so often we seem to forget that Papa God knows our every thought therefore he is the ultimate mind reader. He knows our every thought doesn’t He? Blessings on you and yours, Chaz

  8. Mike, an interesting observation pal! Positive thinking, all the time, is a habit built on a lifetime of practice as we build a genuine relationship with a loving God. Thanks pal, Chaz

  9. Dear NH, the people that have followed this technique find it very beneficial. A lot of people that would benefit don’t do it because of their scepticism. There is enough evidence now to prove brain plasticity is real in treating stroke victims. The difficulty lies in the difficulty of teaching old dogs, (the medical establishment) new tricks. Chaz

  10. Yes Judith, Gabe Goober, otherwise known as Gabriel. He was one of the Goober twins. Gabe had a sister. She was also known as Gabe but her given name was Gabriella. Gabe’s twin sister Gabe was two years older than Gabe, but she was also a…

  11. Positive thinking, like positive actions are choices we make and they become easier, more ” natural” the more we choose to use them. Deep inside we still know that baby Goober is one ugly baby but we choose not to say this aloud because we choose not to say hurtful things out of consideration for the feelings of others. I don’t think that will change until we are “made new” by Papa God, but until then, I intend to keep practicing! And besides, maybe ugly baby Goober will grow to be an acceptable looking man!!!

  12. Richard, as you well know there is still hope when we consider that cute babies grow into ugly adults and vica versa. As a case to prove this theory you and I were real cute babies weren’t we? Chaz



  13. No No No … No Way !!! Charles, life and Earth would change and we’re another human beings.
    By other hand, we experience by the years that we don’t waste time with negative thoughts. We spend time and everything with nice people, thoughts and praying GOD to go in the right way.
    Amen …

  14. Thank goodness only God knows what we think! I believe that knowing that, God has helped me to change how I listen to others and try to understand what they are going through!

  15. Very good thought Don. “Whatsoever is good, whatsoever is honest, whatsoever is pure, think on these things” If Papa God wasn’t sure we could do it He wouldn’t have told us to do it! Chaz

  16. You are right. The kid was an ugly toad. But God loves ugly toads and He loves us and lets us work through the torments of our minds. Sin places unGod like thoughts into our heads while God’s Spirit helps us work them out. I look forward to when there are no more unGod like thoughts.

  17. Jorge, aint it the truth pal! The only problem is we aren’t dealing so much with ugly toads as much as we are dealing with ugly people persons! Blessings on you and yours, Chaz


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