A few years ago I wrote a blog post called ‘18 thoughts I should probably say out loud’ to get out of my own head. It was a way for me to not let some recurring thoughts run amuck. Social distancing as we try to reduce risks for COVID may also mean a more isolated experience for others; more time to think and overanalyze.
Thoughts are powerful. What we do with them is just if not more impactful.
- I will always choose love over pain, anger, frustration, disappointment, fear and confusion. It’s just who I am.
- I don’t recognize the man you’ve become. I don’t know you anymore.
- How you get consumed by fear and doubt is up to you. Looking for instances to justify those fears/doubts is a sign that you’ve already been consumed by them. Can you find objective proof? Are you seeing things with empathetic eyes?
- “GDP does not measure value, it measures what we value.” (quote from a presentation)
- I miss playing outside with my niece.
- God is my refuge.
- If tomorrow was the last day, how and who will you spend it with?
- How can we make sure that those who need it most can continue to find access to meals?
- I hope you learn to forgive your demons.
- What’s next? How do I keep growing?
- Just because something was said under your breath does not make it less painful. Is this the same attitude that you like to receive?
- Everybody is just doing their best.
- How are you acting on your values today?
- “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.” Proverbs 3:5
- Self-sabotage is a real thing. Regardless of how intangible it may seem.
- I wish you had faith in me. Even just a little bit.
- It’s really hard to take the high road all the time. Correction: exhausting.
- Accepting love can be just as difficult as giving it, but happy endings do exist. They are just not as utopic as the rom-com movies depict them to be.
Some thoughts should be challenged or better off letting go, while others are better acting on. Choose wisely. Choose thoughts with positive impact.
P.S. “Joy is what happens to us when we allow ourselves to recognize how good things really are.” – Marianne Williamson