Have you ever had something really “bad” happen and then right on its heels, other “bad” things keep happening? And then, you find yourself just waiting–or maybe even seeking out–the next roadblock in your path?
This recently happened to me. I just permanently lost ten years of intellectual property including a book manuscript from a remote back-up hard drive (this was the only copy). From there, things seem to keep getting worse. At the same time I was engaged in this drama, I was also observing my own thinking. It was as if a part of me was saying “Come on Universe—is that all you’ve got?! You can do better than that! Bring it on!”
Can you relate?
This negative downward spiraling thinking can be quite seductive (just look at Van Gogh), but it’s the dance of despair. I remember being a young girl and watching my mom engage in this two-step quite often—it was truly like a watching a runaway train.
It’s quite easy to pull up a chair and feast at the all-you-can-eat negative thought buffet and focus on what is going wrong rather than what is going right. (Many psychologists will argue that this is our natural orientation.)
But it’s exhausting. And, it gets old really fast.
So this morning, after my slew of “bad luck,” I became tired of this game and challenged myself to come up with three things that are really going “right” in my life right now. Simple, but it works. (And usually I can easily come up with more than three!)
This exercise helped me gain perspective and remember, oh yeah, emotions are like clouds. If I’m feeling discomfort in the moment, hang tight. The weather forecast is due to change shortly!
So my dance with the devil has ended for now. He’ll have to go find another gullible partner. I’m moving on.
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Photo: The merry-go-round in the Boston Commons. It’s goes round and round, just like our negative thinking. Will you get off or stay on?