Your Thoughts Can Lift You Or Drain You.
Think of your thoughts as channels.
Now please take a moment to notice the power they have over you. How you feel at any given moment is directly linked to what you are thinking.
Let me illustrate using an everyday example.
I see a group of mothers huddled in a circle talking, whispering, exchanging glances…
My heart sinks. How could something so innocent create such distress?
It All Depends On What You Make it Mean.
This group of mothers was gathering at my daughters’ school.
My mind without the slightest warning jumped to the ‘wrong station’.
I heard my distraught internal voice say:
“They did not invite her. She will be heart broken”.
“My daughter is being left out. Excluded!!!!”
“Why is this happening?”
This stream of thoughts quickly graduated to:
“I’ve failed her somehow. It’s my fault she is not being included”.
“I’m a terrible mother.”
The station that was being played in my mind (my thinking) was causing me to feel extremely uncomfortable, confused, and insecure.
Fortunately with enough practice, I’ve learned not to believe all the thoughts that my mind fabricates.
Did you know that we have anywhere between 60 and 90 thousand thoughts swimming in our head on a daily basis? That is difficult to grasp.
What I want you to know is that most of these thoughts are not true. It’s our imagination, fears, and insecurities having an old fashioned make believe party.
Next time you see yourself spinning or listening to the ‘wrong station’.
Take a couple of deep breaths.
Then ask yourself, What do I WANT to make this mean?
Notice you can spin the story anyway you’d like. So choose the story line that nourishes you and not the one that drains you.
Think of it as choosing the station that lifts you up.
Just in case you are wondering, what was happening in the huddle? They were discussing gift ideas for a teacher who gave birth to a beautiful baby boy.
My daughter and I had nothing to do with the huddle. Funny how that works!