Reader, don’t think I’m fixated on bingo. The only time bingo entered my brain cells occurred a few weeks ago when our parish had Brown Bag Bingo after the Saturday evening Mass. (Just so you know, our parish does not endorse bingo. This was just a fun night without money involved and candy prizes.)
So what’s a bingo mind? It’s a mind in which thoughts bounce around like bingo call numbers in their cage. Random. Never knowing what will pop up. Proud thoughts, humble thoughts, angry thoughts, sad thoughts, spiritual thoughts. Thoughts that make me smile or grit my teeth or make me shed a tear. Brilliant creative ideas jump around with the ho-hum ones.
Centuries ago Marcus Antoninus said, “The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” Centuries after Marcus Antoninus, Ingrid Bergman claimed, “Happiness lies in good health and a bad memory.” Scientists have proven these things to be very true. Happy thoughts affect our heart rate positively and give us over-all better well-being. Rhonda Byrne in her book The Magic claims positive thoughts attract the positive things and events we desire. Apparently I should make sure my thoughts are of a high, happy quality.