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The passage, Understand the Four Pillar of Thought, presents thinking as the most powerful tool that we have at our disposal to improve the quality of our life, as well as helping us to gain a profound understanding of our thinking process.

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Understand the Four Pillars of Thought Over the course of our lives, we all have a negative attitude as a consequence of letting ourselves go through negative thoughts. It is easier for us to complain than to make an effort to see the positive side of everything. However, if we were more aware of the effects of negative thinking, both in the moment and in the long run, we would surely choose differently. The passage, Understand the Four Pillar of Thought, presents thinking as the most powerful tool that we have at our disposal to improve the quality of our life, as well as helping us to gain a profound understanding of our thinking process. In the following, I am going to discuss the what and the how, which are the two substantial aspects of this passage. ...read more.

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Positive thinking shines a light on our lives so bright that it draws happiness and confidence to us like flies are drawn to light. In addition, the second pillar, the how, has to do with how we think. We, in general, spend time thinking in essentially two different and distinct ways. Both are extremely critical and easily recognizable. The first way that we think is similar to a computer, which is very analytical. It is the way we think when we are learning something new or when we are trying to figure something out. When we use this type of thinking, usually at least some efforts are involved. By contrast, the other way, the soft thinking, occurs when we think without any effort. ...read more.

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This is a question symbolizes our lives as glass and helps determine whether a person is optimistic or pessimistic. But what if the glass was already broken? If we consider the glass to be already broken then we can open up our mind to be more present with it and appreciate the time he has with the glass. We can take a lesson for our lives. The question isn't, is your glass half full or half empty? The question is, are you able to see the glass as already broken? In other words, do you comprehend that our time here is short and eventually will pass? If you understand this you may just find yourself at times lying in a field beyond half full or half empty where your cup is completely empty ready to receive the wonders of life that are all around. ?? ?? ?? ?? COURSE: ELSE08-01 NAME: GUAN JIE XUE DATE: 2011/11/30 ...read more.

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