For this friend, praise is her default disposition. Isn’t that beautiful, knowing that it is good to be thankful?
There is a ton of lessons that can be unpacked from those words apart from saying that you should cultivate a heart of gratitude.
In fact, I had an epiphany – a moment of sudden realisation – after reading those quoted words. And that led me to ask the question that formed the subject of this post.
“What is my default disposition?”
The question is for for each of us to consider on individual basis.
Ask yourself the question and also answer it by yourself.
To help you address the question in the best way, I suggest you take a deeper look at the two key words involved: default disposition.
Let me break it down further for you:
Meaning of default
In computing, something is the default if it is “a pre-selected option adopted by a computer program or other mechanism when no alternative is specified by the user or programmer.”
However, in general usage, default can be regarded as “something that is usual or standard.”
In summary, default means, either:
- a pre-selected option; or
- the usual or the standard.
For the purpose of this post, this second definition is more relevant. And that’s what we are applying here.
Meaning of disposition
When I talk about disposition, I refer to “a person’s inherent qualities of mind and character.”
It also means, “the way in which something is placed or arranged, especially in relation to other things.”
The former definition serves our purpose better and so we will adopt it as the functional meaning in this post.
With the two definitions out of the way, I hope the picture is becoming clearer to you now?
If your answer is ‘yes’, then I can now put the two words together to re-echo the subject question:
What is your default disposition?
Be ready to answer the question. But let’s see the relationship between:
Your inner disposition and your outer manifestation.
You can infer from the separate definitions of default and disposition as discussed earlier that by default disposition, I mean your usual or standard inherent qualities of mind and character.
In the real sense, the question “What is your default disposition? can be rephrased as, “What is your usual inherent quality of mind and character?”
Put in another way, “what is your attitude of heart,” your “settled way of thinking or feeling about something”?
Your inner disposition will affect your outer manifestation.
It goes to show that how you are on your inside will show up in how you see or treat things on the outside.
Your default disposition will affect how you relate with people and how you approach the issues of life. It is that important!
So what do I want you to do?
Take this post as a call for personal reflection and consider the question of what your personal default disposition is.
I cannot answer the question for you, because only you can answer it for you.
But I can assist you a little further by asking additional questions that can lead you in the right directions:
Is your default disposition that of:
- gratitude or ingratitude?
- love or hatred?
- thankfulness or thanklessness?
- optimism or pessimism?
Gratitude, love and hope empowers you, while ingratitude, hatred and pessimism disempowers you.
Examine your default inner disposition. If it is not positive and empowering you, reset it. If it is empowering you, strengthen it.
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