As I pondered what I can possibly offer at this time when everything has likely already been said about the new landscape we face, I thought about Byron Katie’s famous words,
“There are no new stressful thoughts. They’re all recycled.”
What makes our current, collective thoughts “recyclables,” according to Katie’s theory, is that they are rooted in the F-word…Fear.
No doubt, Fear is a very effective motivator. For proof, just look at how well we cleaned out the grocery stores!
Many of us are probably very familiar with Fear being a motivating force in our life, if not the primary force.
Since our minds crave the familiar, it’s rather easy for us to have Fear driving the bus, so to speak, even though it brings us great dis-ease.
Regardless of what our minds prefer, in this case,
Familiar + Recycled (Thoughts) = Stagnation.
Ordinarily, I’m all for recycling. In this scenario though, I’m more in favor of moving our “recyclables” to the trash.
This will create ample space for actual new thoughts, ones that ideally are rooted in the S- word…Strength.
Our minds are stubborn, but given all the difficult decisions coming down from business and community leaders, clearly we’re learning to deal with unfamiliar territory.
Fortunately, getting familiar with the unfamiliar is an essential part of effective mind training, according to renowned British therapist, Marisa Peer.
So, our ability to revise the formula above by replacing “Familiar” and “Recycled” thoughts with Refreshing and Inspired ones will contribute to more Progress:
Refreshing + Inspired (Thoughts) = Progress
As with many things in life, it’s the invisible, underlying variable (energy!) that makes these secret formulas true.
Thus, we must trash the F-word, and up-cycle our motivating force to the S-word!
Even Katie wouldn’t question this thought.
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