Posted by: Admin | December 13, 2010

Look in the mirror… and smile!

Consider this:
“If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it.

A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
— Roald Dahl (The Twits)

 

Now look in the mirror – and smile!

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Responses

  1. After many years of studying this very subject and based on my observations this is true. I used to wonder if being ugly made you have ugly thoughts but it came to me when I was younger that the opposite is true. Ugly thinking comes early in life and is often fed by adults until it is near impossible to change. The mind will put up a serious defense against changing. This is a case where the individual can do a sneak flank attack by using the face and indeed the whole body to change the mind. If you act cheerful, happy and positive physically the mind will change. It will not happen over night but it will happen.
    Kurt Vonnegut had it right when he said “We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be”.

  2. Spot on, OF. Do you know of Roald Dahl? I thought of you when I was researching this as I think you would enjoy an audio tape of his “Revolting Rhymes”, read by Prunella Scales and Timothy West. It’s meant for children, but always made me laugh.

  3. Thanks. I just found the Three Little Pigs online and read it. I’m hooked.
    I read a lot of childrens books these days. Lately they seem more relevant than books full of conflict that are meant for adults.
    I’m working on a post about “conflict as entertainment” and why I dislike it. It was going to just a little short comment but it is turning into work.
    Off to find more Roald Dahl.

  4. Oh, you must get hold of the audios – the cut glass accents will only add to the pleasure. There’s nothing finer than the English sending themselves up!

    I look forward to your post.


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