Wednesday, March 02, 2022


Today's Wisdom is just a little different.  I recently came across this idea in a book I was sorting as whether to keep or donate.  

Fresh eyes has this idea settling upon me, causing me to give consideration as to which I am.  Maybe incorporating into OLW.

I realize that many of you may have already heard about this theory/idea, but like many things, I seem to get the news second hand (chuckling).

"Are you a thermometer or are you a thermostat?  Both devices deal with temperature, but their uses are different. 

A thermometer simply reflects the temperature, & does nothing. A thermostat actually determines the temperature & makes adjustments, if necessary, changes suited to the environment & the needs of the room.

How about you, which are you in your friend & family relationships, your work environment? 

When things get hot or cold – uncomfortable – do you act the same, the thermometer, or do you attempt to make a change or adjust to something  less stressful, less confrontational to make it more positive, the thermostat?

Thermostats have influence, the ability to affect change. Thermostats don't just settle for the status quo, thinking since it's always been this way, don't rock the boat. They assess the situation & make the necessary changes to benefit you and others?

When you look at your own current situations, are you approaching it like a thermometer where you just settle or reflect your present circumstances? Or do you realize you have the ability to be a thermostat and make a change(s) to reset your current temperature/situation?  

Maybe today, start to think of yourself as a thermostat and that you do have more control than you think."

So which do you think you are?


  1. I hadn't heard this - it's thought provoking.

  2. Interesting comparison. I don’t know what I am. Maybe neither. Maybe I don’t reflect prevailing moods, but maybe I don’t change them either.

  3. In all honesty, I'm probably more of a thermometer but aspire to be more of a thermostat!

  4. This is a new one to me, and very thought-provoking. I would say that most of the time, I'm a thermostat, but when need be, I'm happy to be a thermometer.

  5. For many people change is disturbing. They like the status quo. I am quite agreeable to making changes but very seldom initiate it, so am not one or the other.

  6. This is new to me, too! I think I was a thermostat in my younger years, but, now, I am more of a thermometer! My daughter agrees!