Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become character. Watch your character, it becomes your Destiny

Written by Lao Tzu, or possibly Upanishads, One of my favorite quotes.

This quote reminds us that each and every action that we perform, form the grand to the miniscule, has an effect on our lives and our character. Say a man reads the bible every day, although he may not have the entire book memorized, he will slowly become a better person for it, or slowly become worse. It’s the concept of constant reinforcement, however small, that eventually forges us into who we are. They say “a drop of water hollows out the great stone” and that has ties with people as well. It’s your basic form of education, by exposing children to intellectual, artistic, philosophical things, they will eventually begin to develop strong feelings for it, one way or another.

Another thing that this quote does is how it is spoken. Watch your thoughts… Watch your words… etc. This quote is directed at You, Indicating that you are in control of your life, you are the one who must be cautious of your actions. This quote is saying that just one action, just one impulse can start a chain reaction. Say you stole a candy bar when you’re 7 years old. that thrill and the savory reward afterwards, soon, you’ll want something more than just a candy bar, you’ll want a toy, then a Bike, then a Car, etc. Next thing you notice, you’re sitting with your head in your hands, pondering where and when it all went wrong, and if not you, then someone close to you will be doing this.

Yet it can go completely the other way if you realize the gravity of your actions. Sure, a candy bar means nothing, but the act of stealing and what it can lead to. You are in control of your own destiny, by being in control of your own character. You can control your own character, by being in control of your own habits, You can control your habits by bring in control of your actions, and you can control your actions by being in control of your words. You can control your words by being in control of your very thoughts.

Everything about you is in your control, there’s nothing stopping you from committing your most heinous crime, but there’s also nothing stopping you from being a bigger humanitarian than Mother Theresa. All it takes is a single thought. A spark, if you will, something that’s very small, “Take it.” “Leave it.” “Stand up.” “Speak.” It’s amazing to think about it, one word, one action, one small ideal, that can change you for the rest of your life. That thought is the single drop, and our Destiny is the stone it hollows.

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