Chesterton wrote that "The Saint is a medicine because he is an antidote. Indeed that is why the saint is often a martyr; he is mistaken for a poison because he is an antidote. He will generally be found restoring the world to sanity by exaggerating whatever the world neglects, which is by no means always the same in every age."
We can look to modern-day Saints, Mother Theresa and John Paul II, to see this in action with regards to what the world neglects today, in our age:
These are the reasons why I hope:
Don't imagine a pink elephant!
...and now you're imagining a pink elephant.
We do not have direct control over the thoughts, images, ideas, etc. that present themselves to our mind. However, we do have a powerful way to impact the nature of our thoughts, inspirations, mental images, and general state of mind over time: we can ACT differently.