A Beautiful Mind

“Like a diet of the mind, I just choose not to indulge certain appetites… I think that’s what it’s like with all our dreams and our nightmares…we’ve got to keep feeding them for them to stay alive.” ~ John Forbes Nash Jr. (Nobel Memorial Prize winner)

There is something always magical about the first snow of the season. The newness. The promise of change. After ten years in Finland, I still feel an instant enchantment mingled with an unexplainable deep satisfaction each time the skies release a swirl of light, dreamy snowflakes.

Last week, it snowed. While the ground was yet thick with the papery, golden leaves of autumn. And rowan berries still glistened on their bare trees. We walked outside to a breathless billow of soft fresh flakes falling lightly on our hair and noses. Little children walked with their faces upturned to the dark morning sky trying to catch the fresh icy-cold pin pricks on their tongues.

Everything looked transformed under the light dusting of pristine snow settling over the familiar landscape and terrain around me. Everything looked so cleansed. So beautiful. Almost unrecognisable. Just by a night’s worth of new snow.

And in that moment, I was struck by how similarly the landscape of our minds is also transformed and sculpted by the thoughts that settle upon it. Oftentimes unbidden. Many times unnoticed.

What is settling on the landscape of our minds today?

If thoughts were snowflakes, then may bright and beautiful thoughts fall gently down upon you.

And a sprinkle more of loveliness to make your heart warm and full of gratitude.

May you have thoughts that are kind.

And give you peace and quiet strength.

I wish you thoughts to make you skip a little and laugh a whole lot more…

Most of all, I wish you the beauty of a quiet mind. Let it snow.

“Whatever is true,

Whatever is noble,

Whatever is honorable,

Whatever is just,

Whatever is pure,

Whatever is lovely,

Whatever is admirable

– if anything is excellent or praiseworthy,

Think about such things.”

~ Phillipians 4:8