Standing On The Scale


Standing On The Scale

The scale is a great symbol for many things in our lives. It can represent justice. It can represent equality. It can represent the careful making of a decision by weighing all the options carefully.

It can also represent a set of choices we make about our lives.

Many people spend their days in a whirlwind of negativity. It is as if each and every one of their thoughts is set out on a pre-determined path of pain and anguish and general despondency. It is a difficult thing for some folks to think that there could ever be any thoughts other than negative ones.

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I'm Just So Sad

Thoughts of fear and lack and unhappiness and general sadness permeate their lives on a daily basis. They get up in the morning dragging themselves out of bed, into the shower, already dreading the start of another day before they even really have their eyes open.

And then it’s the endless decisions about what to wear because "you know nothing really seems right." Nothing really fits well and all the clothes are just so tired looking hanging there in the closet. And there really isn’t time to iron anything else because you already hit the snooze button 3 times and all your extra time is used up.

Then when you finally get yourself dressed you face the chore of eating enough breakfast to last you through the morning even though you really don’t feel like eating anything at all and pretty much wish you could back to bed and just sleep a few more hours because you are just so tired all the time and no matter how much you try to get to bed early, it just never happens and you are always, always, always tired and really just running on empty. (yes that is a run-on sentence purely for dramatic effect) :-)

And that happens all through the week so that on the weekend you are even more tired and you can’t even begin to contemplate trying to accomplish the things that you were waiting all week to do on your free days.

It all seems to be too much to bear sometimes.


But What About The Scale?


So how does this kind of scenario work together with the image of a scale as an analogy?

Well, to start with, it’s the kind of scale that is used to balance things. Like this.

2 scales

The Scale That Balances


So let’s say that when you get up in the morning, there is a scale right here in the middle of your life. Every morning when you get up the scale is there, standing right on the floor of your bedroom and you get to step on it, not to weigh yourself, but to see how your day is going to go today.

You have one foot on one side of the scale and your other foot on the, well, the other side of the scale. And when you first wake up, you are pretty much evenly balanced. Not tipping over too much one way or the other.

This is the scale that is going to forecast how your day is going to go today.

On one side of the scale is the icky kind of bad day that you might usually have. The kind like we were just talking about with the "not wanting to get up out of bed in the morning, the dragging off into the shower, the hating all the clothes and all the other negative things" that could go into making it a good day or an icky one.

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What Kind Of Day Are You Going To Have?

And on the other side of the scale is the kind of day that dreams are made from, where everything goes your way, the sky is blue, your clothes fit perfectly, you are incredibly well rested and you are ready to get yourself up and off to that job that you love with sunny happy people who also love what they are doing and who all go out of their way to make sure your day is as wonderful as they could possible make it.

Those are the 2 sides of the scale that you are looking at every morning as soon as you get out of bed.

What is it that makes the difference between another day of slogging through the mud of an awful day or flying with the wings of angels on a cloud made up of all your dreams coming true? What could it be that is going to slide you onto one side of the scale or the other to tip your day over to either the negative side or to the positive side?

Good question. And at first glance it might seem that what makes your day proceed one way or the other must be something very heavy. Heavy enough anyway to tip the scale over to one side or the other.

But in fact, what makes the difference in which way the scale moves is the lightest of all things extant in the Universe.


Your Thoughts

Your thoughts.

Get out of bed and immediately start bombarding yourself with difficult, dreary, soul stealing thoughts and your day is going to zip right over to the negative side as soon as your feet hit the floor.

But on the other hand, if your thoughts in the morning are positive; Light, uplifting, beautiful, dreamily delightful, your scale is going to tip itself right over to the positive side and bring you a day full of the magic that dreams are made of.

And that’s about as hard as it gets.

Only 51%


Truth is, it is wonderful to have nothing in your head but uplifting thoughts of fabulosity and awesomeness, but in fact you really only need to have a bit more than half of your thought to be in the positive vein and your scale will slant itself right over to the positive side for the entire day. Like Rhonda Byrne says, all you need is 51 percent of your thoughts on one side or the other and the scale will tip in that direction.

And the way your scale tips first thing in the morning is the way it is going to go all throughout the day.

Now 51 percent of your thoughts on one side or the other means that the other side is pretty much evenly balanced and your day is probably not going to hugely wonderful or horribly depressing, but it is definitely going to the side where you are thinking more of that kind of thoughts.

51% --  61% --  71%  -- 81%  --  91%

But, if for instance, you fill your mind and your heart with nothing but good hearty positive thoughts so that your mind is not just 51 percent positive thoughts; but 61 percent or 81 percent or even 91 percent, your day is going to be OUTSTANDING in every way.

The more you think positive thoughts, the more the results of those ideas come into your life.



And it is just so awesome knowing first thing in the morning that you are in charge of how your scale is going to go. And how your scale goes first thing in the morning is pretty much how your entire day is going to go. And you so deserve a wonderful day, please give yourself one tomorrow.


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40 Comments on “Standing On The Scale”

  1. Robin

    This is so true! Thank you for reminding us how very easy this process can be :-) Looking forward to many wonderful days ahead!!!

  2. marquita herald

    Inspirational article Michael. I believe very few people actually take the time to even think about what a ‘dream’ day would look like for them, let alone consider the really BIG picture of what they ultimately want in life. It’s only once we can become clear about what we want that we have any hope of making progress in achieving it.
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    1. Michael

      I think you are right, Marty, that most people don’t stop to think that they are creating their day, and have a lot of control over how their lives are going to go that day. I think choice is a fabulous thing and even better when we do it consciously.

  3. Sharon

    Thank You Michael
    That was a great post, When you wake up with positive thoughts, you will also pass on those thoughts to other who may have gottten up on the wrong side of that scale
    Great Post

    1. Michael

      Hi Sharon,

      Thank you for reading and for your kind comments. You are right, it is easy to pass on those great thoughts when we have them to share.

  4. Steve Vernon

    What a wonderful site, Michael. This is my first time here, and I thoroughly enjoyed perusing it, as well as reading this post. You are absolutely right — the thoughts and attitudes with which we begin our day pretty much reflect what the balance of the day (pardon the unintentional pun) will be like. There are so many things we can do before we even get out of bed to ensure that we are on the brighter side of the scale, beginning with focusing on things for which you’re grateful, before you even pull off the sheets. Just take 2 or 3 minutes to do so and see what a difference it makes. If you have any negative thoughts going through your mind, simply say “release!”, and you’ll be amazed how each negative thought simply disappears instantly. Then go back to focusing on the next grateful thought. Then, when you put your feet on the floor, just sit there for a minute or so and take three deep, slow breaths before you actually stand up. I do this a lot, and it’s amazing how much more peaceful my morning starts out.

    1. Michael

      Hi Steve,

      Thank you for your kind words Steve. I am glad you enjoyed looking around our site. It is truly a joy in our lives. That’s a great exercise for releasing that you shared. I especially like the part where you say important to go on to the next grateful thought. That is vital. And my days are ever so much better when I wake up like this in the morning.

  5. Shelley Alexander

    Michael,Thanks for shedding light on this subject. We have all had days where we wake up and feel sad or unhappy but if you make an effort to shake off this feeling and focus on starting your day with positive thoughts it can really help you to attract positive people and positive situations into your life. Thanks for sharing.
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    1. Michael

      Hi Shelly,

      Thank you for your kind words. :-) You are right, it is important to attract more positivity into our lives. And it really makes a huge difference in how we live our days.

  6. David Merrill

    Convincing game plan, Michael.

    Start the day right, and you start the momentum in the right direction.

    I’ve found, though, that to try to have “positive” thoughts is not such an easy thing to do.

    I like to move my day beyond abstract concepts like “thinking positive” and do something that I find far “lighter”… DOING something positive.

    It could be prayer, meditation, doing something for a friend, or accomplishing a difficult chore FIRST thing in the day.

    That creates a positive flow momentum that keeps rolling all day long.
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    1. Michael

      Hi David,

      Absolutely. Start the day right and it is ever so much easier to continue in a positive direction. You are right, absolutely so. We do indeed live in the physical world and action is a really important part of any kind of process. Dreaming, thinking, doing, they all work together beautifully.

    1. Michael

      Thank you for your kind words, Joyce. It is surprising sometimes how negative some people can be. And you are right, there is always something to see in a positive light.

    1. Michael

      You are right, Nile. Every day is new. Another opportunity for adventure and delight. I figure we might as well see it in the best light and enjoy it. :-)

  7. Emily

    This is my first day of the rest of my life, full of uplifting thoughts of fabulosity and awesomeness! AND it feels so right. Today, I have understood what I have to work on… Awesome and very much of a thought provoking post, I love the synonyms…or rather the analogy. Great job!
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    1. Michael

      Hi Emily,

      Thank you for your kind words. :-) It is a wonderful day today, the first day from starting right now. When we understand what to do it is ever so much easier to do it.

  8. Mika Castro

    This is very inspiring article. As we all encounter different problems in life, we must face it without fear and look for the next things that will happen and still face it.

    1. Michael

      Thank you Mika. We do have various things that come up during the day and fear does not make them any easier to work with, that’s for sure. :-)

        1. Michael

          Bit by bit, everyday is a new day to start. I think that is one of the best things about this life. We do not have to drag stuff from our pasts into our present if we don’t want to.

    1. Michael

      Hi Marty. I am glad you didn’t stay depressed. I do like that thought, that most people are about as happy as they make their minds up to be. :-)

  9. Donna Merrill

    What a wonderful Analogy! To vision that scale in the morning and paying attention to your mindset….Awesome! I know I’ve had days like this, in fact we all do. But it is that mind over matter approach as I call it that gets me through.
    I have walked that negative journey a long time ago. What I do now, before I step foot out of my bed is to have the mindset of Gratefulness! I think of three things I am grateful for and thank God for them. This usually changes my mindset on a cold rainy day, to get up like the sun was shining.
    The analogy of the scale in this post is a great way to teach people they have that choice. That little one percent that makes it 51% positive only grows with practice.
    Thanks so much for helping others achieve happiness,
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    1. Michael

      Thank you Donna, for your very kind words. The scale is a great way to think about how we are inside. And it really does only take one more little percent to start feeling better. I am tempted sometimes to say that gratitude is a lifestyle, but then I think it really is more a life. :-)

    1. Michael

      Hi Justin,

      I agree for sure, our days are determined by our feelings. Its amazing how much brighter the sun is when I feel good. :-)

  10. Steve Nicholas

    Great post, Michael! I really like your point that not all of our thoughts have to be positive ones. As the late, great Jim Rohn reminds us, “You can’t go through life with just a bunch of happy, little high notes. You need the crash of the symbols, and the boom of the bass.” It is good to see something that reminds us that minor keys are also good for life, and that we don’t have to lie to ourselves and pretend that everything is okay when it is not. That doesn’t mean that you dwell on things, but as Solomon reminded us, there is a time for every purpose, under heaven.
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    1. Michael

      Hi Steve, thank you for your kind words. I had not heard that quote from Jim Rohn before. I think along the lines of what Louise says “Only good lies before me” and whatever it is, is good, and that makes my days a whole lot better. :-)

    1. Michael

      Thank you Garen. :-) The scale can weigh on us, but when we put our energy into a positive kind of day, the results we get can be truly amazing.

  11. Steve Borgman

    Michael, thanks for sharing this article. I have found that one of the oldest commandments in Scriptures: giving thanks, is one of the best ways to balance out negative thinking. Also, we can act ourselves out of negativity by committing ourselves to random acts of kindness, even if we don’t “feel” like it at the time. Those acts can do wonders for out attitudes.
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    1. Michael

      For sure, gratitude, is one of the primary forces of good in the world. And I think that is a great way to balance out negativity by random acts of kindness. Those random acts along with the idea of paying it forward make for a beautiful life full of love, grace and positivity. :-0

  12. Janeen

    I’ve been online more than three hours today, reading about ways to lose weight. I thought your article was about weight loss, but when I got here I saw it was a story.

    At first, i was a little bit upset, but after reading through I want to say thank you for the little break I got here on your site.

    Really though, if all webmasters and bloggers wrote about weight with a little less “heavy” attitude and mixed in some nice writing about other things, like yours, the internet would be a more interesting place.

    1. Michael

      Hi Janeen,

      We were not intending to fool any readers about our article, just provide a view of life through a little bit different way of seeing. I am glad you stayed and read the article. thank you for leaving a comment. :-)

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