In Mr. Voigt’s Chemistry 11 course, I sat in the middle of the science lab room on the right hand side.
I was a mid-pack kind of kid that was really trying to hide. Numbers and science weren’t my forte. I couldn’t feel anything from numbers and the subject of science, well, that was a whole bunch of really long, confusing words. BUT the quotes on the right side of Mr. Voigt’s wall were a hook for me. In his class, I started writing down quotes. In my sixteen year old mind, I read over and drank up these quotes every day. These quotes were more nourishing to me than any book or writing assignment that Ms. Birdsall did in English class. (Yes, these were actually my teacher’s names. Quite fitting aren’t they?) These quotes help me survive and even thrive in Chemistry 11.
My favourite quote was: “Minds are like parachutes, they only function when open.”
Today, I thought of Mr. Voigt and I must confess that for the first time in my life I was pondering something science-y.
Newton’s Third Law
Every action will cause an equal and opposite reaction. (Did I get that right?)
A good example for me right now would be when I think about swimming in our pool. I amazingly have strength to push the water backwards and miraculously the water pushes me forward. Viola, Newton’s Third Law.
The crazy thing is not only have I been pondering this in the physical realm around us, but I have taken it a step further and am pondering it in the mental realm we create in our minds.
Do our thoughts create equal and opposition reactions?
Could thoughts be considered actions?
The reason that I have been thinking this is that over the last three months I have infused my mind with a potpourri of positive podcasts, the discourse of thoughtful, serving people and videos that are encouraging and motivating.
Could these actions pouring into and nourishing my mind be creating a new mental picture for my life?
Newton’s Third Law for changing your mind.
This is only the beginning of this scientific experiment!