Anne Peterson

I write stories and goosebump poetry

How to Sort our Thoughts

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A teacher leaves the classroom and when she returns the room is chaos. A mother gets on the telephone and her once relatively normal children go ballistic.

I got sick and my mind became cluttered. My thoughts kept bumping into each other. Other thoughts became negative, keeping to themselves. The words “always” and “never” showed up and stayed. Someone let them in.

Well, I’m back with some housecleaning to do. And what a perfect time to do it, closing out the year. I’m a fairly organized person. Some might say OCD, but whatever.

I like things in order. Perhaps because so much of my life has been chaotic. Nonetheless, when things are in order my mind works better.

So, I’m doing an inventory and what needs to go, is going. You may find my system worth trying. As with any organization project, I’ll need some bins ready for sorting. Three will do it.

Save Bin

This will be for the thoughts worth keeping. If I’m not sure which ones to keep, I compare them to Philippians 4:8. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

  • true
  • noble (high moral principles)
  • right
  • pure
  • lovely
  • admirable

Summed up in one word- Godly thoughts.

Toss Bin

In this bin I’ll throw out thoughts that are NOT true, noble, right, pure, and so on. This bin will contain negative thoughts that hold me back. The unGodly thoughts. The thoughts about how I’m not going to be able to do something, how I’ve never really measured up. Things the enemy loves to whisper. They all go into the toss bin.

I’ll also put any thoughts contrary to God’s Word. This bin may get heavy, but God will help me empty it.

Give Away

Finally, in this last bin I’ll put thoughts I want to share. Only those worth sharing go in here. Positive, helpful thoughts. If I’m not sure at all, I’m tossing it. I don’t want to pass on something questionable.

I have actually shared a positive thought with someone, watching it lift her spirit,  soaking into her heart. People are hungry for encouragement. It takes nine positive things to offset one negative. And today more than ever, people are overwhelmed with the negative. Sometimes from their own thoughts.

I may need two bins for the Give Aways and that’s okay. It’s the way I’m wired.

After I’m done sorting, my mind feels less cluttered. I feel grateful, able to concentrate on others instead of just thinking of myself.

It was definitely time to de-clutter. My thoughts were all over the place, actually bumping into each other. And once in a while I found myself saying something off the wall.

I’m glad that’s done. Now I can concentrate again.

So, how about you? What are you thinking?

About Anne Peterson

I write words you can feel, sometimes they rhyme. If I'm not writing, I'm telling stories from my head, to little ones who call me grandma.

9 Replies

  1. Anne, Congratulations! I love your site…I love your post! I am glad you are feeling better and “reorganized” your thoughts and your life! I love the Philippians quote and what you did with it. I especially loved your Give Away Bin. You persuaded me not to give up on single minded people who think the world is as small as their narrow and limitted heart and mind. I have been tolerant of them and not feeding into their philosophy, but I dread being with them and leave their company drained. I would love to hear how you handle this issue.

  2. I have to ask God for strength when I am with certain people. I have heard it said that some people will be a deposit and some will be withdrawals. And if we are around many negative people we sometimes get drained. It’s also an indication we need to read the book by Townsend & Cloud called Boundaries. I highly recommend this book and have taught it to groups myself. I try to give people grace because when I was hurting so badly for years I am sure I drained some people. And I was given grace.

  3. Great post with awesome ideas — gotta use those bins. Perfect. I love your new site – so clean and fresh. Blessings in 2013 coming your way!

    1. Thanks Alene, appreciate your stopping by.

  4. Great post! Welcoming site! I’m excited to see you here!

    Hmm… perhaps too many exclamation points. Oh well! May your “Save Bin” be sturdy, your “Toss Bin” shrink and your “Give Away Bin” grow with each passing day.

    1. Thanks for visiting. And for your comments. Love your “bin” talk.

  5. I love your website. Very well done.

    1. Thanks Scott. Thanks for taking a trip over and checking it out.

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