Thanks for popping in.
Today’s the bloggy day when we focus on food for the soul,
the stuff that makes us tick.
It’s very warm here in my little garden studio
under the roof of the garage,
so I won’t hang around too long!
I consider myself to be very fortunate that I can wander across the garden to my artroom / workplace.
If I choose to, I can even get in the car and drive to the office;
but mostly, if I have a thinking or creative job to do,
I’m better off here alone, in the trees.
That said, there’s air-conditioning at the unit!
You can’t win ‘em all, can ya ?!
All in all, I count my blessings.
And they are manyfold.
In fact, I count my blessings in the form of a gratitude list
every single morning.
With good reason.
Every now and then a negative niggle will creep in.
Usually in the middle of the night, when I can’t sleep.
or early early before the day rocks up.
What I’ve figured out is that I have to let the thought pass.
I musn’t tackle it and try to wrestle with it,
because it invariably wins,
and I’m left holding the ANGRY-ANXIOUS flag.
Let’s say that a person has, in my opinion, taken advantage of me.
Taken the piss, if you like.
Or perhaps simply not done what I wanted.
Now I can dwell on what he or she has or hasn’t done,
I can get myself all fired up, rightly or wrongly,
I can even run it by several people who I know will agree with me,
thereby further fanning the flames.
In short, I will keep going
until I have ignited
a heaving resentment against the offender.
Alternatively, I can let it go.
Let the thought pass.
Because that is all it is.
A negative niggle is nothing more than a thought,
albeit a nasty, menacing one.
If I buy into it, I set a negative train of thought (or thoughts)
in motion which will at best ruin my day,
worst case – eat me alive.
Do you know that we humans have
between 50,000 and 70,000 thoughts a day?
So if we hone in on the first negative one of the day,
then the next 20,000-30,000 will probably all have a similar negative vibe!
No wonder we get up tired and everything seems to be black!
I think what I am trying to say here is that the battle which ensues in my head doesn’t affect anybody except me – or any poor soul who happens to cross my path while the war is on.
These phrases help me resist the mind game,
the self-inflicted head-battering :
“It’s not worth worrying about.”
“Life’s too short.”
“Let it go”
And only those who read this blog can truly understand the following tactic:
I switch off the negative thread
by making a piece of card-art in my head!
I pick a recipient
(in an ideal world it would probably be the crank who’s upset me to start with! But I ain’t that spiritually developed yet!)
I start with a blank white piece of card,
decide which stamp I want to use,
and it goes from there.
Within seconds I have changed the drift.
It really does.
There is no hidden message here! Nobody has upset me
(Nobody who would read my blog anyway!)
I am just aware how many of us waste so much of our precious lives dwelling on what others have or haven’t done.
Serves no purpose. Let it go.
Love and Peace of mind always.