Behind EVERTHING is a Thought

Behind everything is a thought

What are you thinking today?

The world we live in today has been conceived entirely by thought. The origin of each thought is the big variable. Just who is behind each thought and how the thought developed is a fascinating study. Behind everything is a thought.

For example consider who had the thought behind developing the Hershey’s chocolate bar? Or have you ever wondered who was behind developing Post-it Notes? We can’t think of living life without either of them now.

To help you along with learning who was behind each of these items, check out their history (most information came from

Hershey’s Chocolate Bar

Milton S. Hershey had a fascination for manufacturing and confections, especially European chocolate. In 1873 he completed his apprenticeship and went on to start a candy shop in Philadelphia. The candy shop failed six years later. Next Hershey attempted to manufacture candy in New York. That failed too. On his third attempt, Hershey made a success from manufacturing caramel with the Lancaster Caramel Company which he later sold as he pursued manufacturing chocolate. Another interesting morsel of information: The story has it that Hershey failed to return to America as scheduled on the Titanic. His business intervened causing Hershey and his wife to sail home earlier. Can you imagine our fate without Hershey’s chocolate had he boarded the Titanic as scheduled?

Post-it Notes (Sticky Notes)

In 1968, Dr. Spencer Silver, a scientist at 3M in the United States, was attempting to develop a super-strong adhesive, but instead he accidentally created a “low-tack”, reusable, pressure-sensitive adhesive that was characterized as “a solution without a problem”. For five years, Silver promoted his invention within 3M, both informally and through seminars, but without much success. In 1974, a colleague of his, Art Fry, who had attended one of Silver’s seminars, came up with the idea of using the adhesive to anchor his bookmark in his hymnbook. The rest is history…

If you were to make a list of items around you – ANYTHING – any object around you right now, you can begin to trace its origin back to first the company where you bought the item, to the company that manufactured the item and eventually to the person who invented the item. If you are lucky, you may even find the thought behind the creation of the item. You may find these inventions intentional or creations out of mistakes. Either way, they were all developed as results or reactions to one thought.

Now that you have grasped the concept, let’s explore you and your actions today. What time did you awake this morning? Did you use an alarm to help you wake up? Guess what…It was your thought of what time you wanted to wake up that had you set your alarm.

How about after you awoke…did you brush your teeth? Whose idea was that? Was it not your idea?

We all use the bathroom. We do not make it a common topic of conversation. However, the next time you do use the bathroom, ask yourself – who thought to make sure you had plenty of toilet paper? Do you know what brand of toilet-paper you use and why? The answers to all these questions are rooted in one person’s thought and can be traced to who originated the product for your use and their thought behind its creation.

How about your dog…did you walk the dog this morning?

How about your breakfast – what did you make for breakfast? Did you have cereal or eggs? Did you have orange juice…coffee?

Did you shower? How hot did you set the water temperature? What products did you use in the shower – soap, shampoo, cream rinse?

I think you are getting the idea now. You had thoughts that led you to do all those things this morning. You chose what to make for breakfast. Prior to breakfast you chose to shop for the food items to make breakfast. The items you bought were the results of your thoughts of what you wanted to have for breakfast.

When you walked the dog down the street, you chose to turn left versus right, etc.

Your thoughts helped you to take all those actions this morning and I will bet most of your decisions were on auto-pilot. You did all that all by yourself!

So now you are wondering what does all this have to do with surviving cancer? The answer is simple. If you look hard enough and dig deep enough, you will find behind surviving cancer is YOU!

Okay, now that you are getting the hang of it, try these more abstract examples. You may not be able to precisely name the person behind the thought, but you can apply the theory: Behind EVERYTHING is a thought.

        • A Smile
        • Laughter
        • Anger
        • Fear

When we look at emotions, we can directly apply our theory: Behind everything is a thought. When we see someone smiling, we often smile too. If we hear someone laughing, again we will laugh too. However, when we experience someone’s anger, we immediately choose to protect ourselves first. Sometimes we will defend ourselves against the directed anger. Other times we will choose to react in a way that will calm the angry person. The same holds true with fear. We will often calm and comfort the person experiencing fear.

However when it comes to our own emotions of anger or fear, we often confuse the cause of our emotion with someone else. We call that the blame game. The reality is that we chose to have anger or to have fear. For instance, when someone cuts you off in traffic, do you get angry? Do you find yourself angry with the driver who cut you off? Ask yourself this, who really created my emotion of anger? Was it the other driver? Or was it you?

How about this example, you have a fear of speaking. You are asked to come up on stage to say a few words from behind the podium. Your fear of speaking kicks in; your hands begin to perspire, your mouth becomes dry – your muscles contract and freeze your movements. It’s kind of like the first day of chemo right? Almost all of us dreaded our first chemo. We created the thought of fear and had bodily responses to that fear – queasy stomach, sweaty palms, racing heart. The featured speaker, who has no fear of speaking, skips on stage and runs to the podium. They are so fearless they can talk off the cuff without using notes to prompt them of what to say next. Who has chosen to experience the emotion of fear? Was it the one with physical responses to fear or the one who has chosen to enjoy the experience? What exactly is fear? It is an emotion generated from a thought that often can cause physical, measurable reactions.

Fear – noun


a. A feeling of agitation and anxiety caused by the presence or imminence of danger.

b. A state or condition marked by this feeling: living in fear.

2. A feeling of disquiet or apprehension: a fear of looking foolish.


The reality is that we chose to have a specific emotion, not someone else. We choose to enjoy the ride of life or we choose to resist the experience with fear or anger. When we resist with fear or anger, our bodies respond on a cellular level. We can trigger physical responses to our emotions like perspiration, queasy stomachs or frozen muscles. It is our choice in how we respond to each and every thought.

Would you now agree behind EVERYTHING is a thought? Would you also agree we always have a choice in our thoughts?

Let’s look at Irene, an eight year survivor of ovarian cancer. Irene survived her invasive surgery and survived the same first line of chemotherapy drugs that almost all patients have for an ovarian cancer diagnosis. Irene survived the treatment for the symptom (cancer). Why has she survived her treatment for ovarian cancer for over eight years when so many other women have not?

Irene made a conscious decision to make her health a number one priority in her life. She also found that flowing with all that was happening round her and finding a piece of humor in each event was a path to her survival.

Irene faced many normal obstacles in life. She moved from apartment to apartment to save on the cost of rent. She eventually bought a home…a big decision for a cancer patient. Buying a home is a big commitment for anyone. For a cancer patient, buying a home makes a commitment to survival –they need to remain healthy to earn an income to help afford house payments.

Irene changed jobs. She changed her church membership. She even changed her social life. Before cancer, Irene did not have a social life. She went to work and came home – repeating the behavior day in and day out. Since her cancer diagnosis, Irene has met and befriended many cancer patients. She found a new rhythm to her social life helping others on their cancer treatment journey. For Irene, helping other cancer patients made her feel good. When she feels good, every cell in her body responds with like behavior. By having changes in thought and behavior, Irene encouraged her good cells to unite and used her GOD given power to dissolve what fueled her cancer. She restored her health.

I will say this again (repetition will create a behavior change), I have never met a depressed or disgruntled LTCS. Each and every LTCS I have met has something good and uplifting to say. They admit they make the best out of every moment, find humor even in the most trying of times and are grateful for each and every day they have lived. Please know that cancer – like weight gain – did not happen overnight. And so becoming N.E.D. (no evidence of disease) takes time (patience and persistence).

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Behind each obstacle or event in her life, Irene created a thought to flow with the event and found something humorous within each event that made her feel happy. Behind every action was a thought. Behind everything is thought and those thoughts created eight years of surviving cancer.