Yesterday I told you of a project that was dumped in my lap unexpectedly. I was feeling slightly agitated as I was working on it today. Suddenly I was aware of a thought that was going through my head. On a barely conscious level I had been thinking about an incident that happened 4 years ago (!!) at a one-day workshop.
At this workshop, a narcissistic woman was taking up most of the speaker’s time by asking question after question that was specific to her particular circumstance. I was getting annoyed with her but I didn’t say anything because I thought it was just me—that other people were getting value out of her questions even though I wasn’t. After a while, a brave woman in the audience called out that other people would like the speaker to continue with his presentation. The whole audience clapped!
I asked myelf why the heck was I thinking now about something that happened FOUR years ago?! It occurred to me that the memory of my annoyance back then was increasing the agitation I was feeling now.
My agitated state of mind was attracting to it memories that would support—and increase—my agitation!
It’s true that like attracts like!!!
Needless to say, I QUICKLY let go of the thoughts of the woman from four years ago and paid attention to what was going on around me. I am happy to say I heard a bird chirp a few times! I love hearing birds singing and chirping so this definitely lifted my spirits and helped me change the focus of my thoughts!
Today’s lesson: Let go of unpleasant thoughts because they’ll only attract more of the same. Not helpful at all!!
Have you found yourself caught up in a spiral of unhelpful thoughts—one small one leading to another and before you know it, you’re off into an emotional tizzy? If so, what did you do to stop this cycle? Please share in the comments. Thank you!
Your Friend and Pep Pal,