Yesterday an anxious thought entered my mind. I don’t know why exactly, but I could conjecture some reasons. Certain situations or conversations from earlier in the day may have made it more likely for that thought to “pass by” later. But the thought seemed to float into consciousness without any help from “me.”
I’m not sure how much time passed before I realized that I was entertaining this thought. As it floated by, I grabbed it and began to add to it, elaborate on it, and begin the process of “making it real.” At first, I wasn’t fully aware I was doing this. But at some point I “came to” and realized what was happening. I then simply noticed what I had done and dropped the thought. I moved on.
I wish I could say I always move on as quickly as I did in this situation. I don’t. But I am working on it. Perhaps today you will find yourself in a similar situation. An unhelpful thought will pass by your field of consciousness. You might even entertain it a bit. But perhaps you’ll feel a similar “poke” as I did. This “coming to” is an invitation to move on from the unhelpful or anxious thought. At that point, just gently say to yourself. Move on.
Of course, some thoughts need attention. That’s a different story. But so many thoughts need to simply keep on moving. I’m committed to helping them along. How about you?
Over the next four weeks (November 15, 22, 29, and December 6) at our Sunday Series we’ll consider the power we give thoughts, and words, and ideas. We’ll also explore how these thoughts affect us and how they are often the basis of our conversations and interactions with others. Join us and invite someone to come with you. You can learn more about this series HERE.