This week’s Wednesday Wisdom is a combination of Zig Ziglar and Jae M. Rang with some of my own thoughts.

QUESTION: What would you do if I showed up at your door, walked straight into your living room, and dumped a big bag of garbage on your floor?

How would you react? How would you feel? Would you order me to clean it up? What if I did the same thing every day after this? Say that we are friends, and you trust me, would you simply learn to live with it?

This thought exercise was originally proposed by Zig Ziglar. Ziglar’s point was that we recognize household garbage and know that it has no place on our living room floor. But do we recognize the garbage that cleverly finds a way into our minds? Are we as quick to gasp at that mental garbage when it’s dumped into our mind? Are we mindful to keep those influences responsible out of our mind?

 “The person who dumps garbage into your mind will do you considerably more harm than the person who dumps garbage on your floor, because each load of mind garbage negatively impacts your possibilities and lowers your expectations.”  ~ Zig Ziglar

The mind is your inner citadel – your fortress. If you picture a citadel or fortress in your mind what does it look like? It has a wall, a gate, and guards. Who is your guard at the gate of your mind? Is your mind a beautiful city, well-kept, clean and protected?  What would a mind with no gate and no guard (no protection) look like? If there are no guards there is no way to keep the garbage out.

Stand guard at the gates of the mind! Just as you wouldn’t let anyone enter your home and dump their garbage onto your living room floor, don’t let anyone dump their mental garbage into your mind.