Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Whack-a-mole Though Control
So, I was discussing with a friend recently how what we think and do can impact us as individuals. I think we all can agree that doing "bad things" or maybe even unkind or uncharitable things is not what we strive for.
But what we were talking about is thinking unkind or uncharitable things.
Maybe it's about our friends and family, or maybe it's about that person at the intersection who barely stops at the stop sign while you're waiting with your five-year-old to cross the street and then they rush off with spinning wheels and blaring music while you grip your small child's hand more tightly and think to yourself, Why is this a**hole driving like a maniac in my neighborhood?
Yeah, so those kinds of thoughts.
But what if those thoughts start to change the way you think about your friends and family. Or maybe you think unkind thoughts about yourself-- the way you look, or talk, or act, or write-- in a non-constructive way.
This friend used the analogy of whack-a-mole.
And I love it.
These thoughts pop up, and that's okay.
Maybe the best we can do is whack them down when we think them.
And maybe that will be enough.
Even for me as I encounter that guy driving like a maniac in my neighborhood.
What about you? Do you let those thoughts fly or try to contain them? What do you think are the merits of each method?
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