i’m reading an interesting book that my friend annie recommended called change your brain change your life. it talks about brain function and how it can affect your thought patterns, your personality and of course, your life. it’s fascinating! one of the little nuggets of self-awareness i’ve taken with it is a realization that my first reaction to things is often a worst-case scenario one. for instance- a man in a truck driving slowly down the street- HE’S TRYING TO ABDUCT ME! a mysterious lump or pain anywhere in my body- IT’S CANCER, I’M DYING! a tiny rumble of an earthquake- THE BIG ONE, ANY SECOND NOW! it seems funny, now that i’m writing it, but it’s not funny as it’s happening. my body, mind and spirit all immediately react with panic. just a little overdramatic, at best.
and currently, of course, we’re loading up on all the necessary grown-up insurance plans…life, disability, homeowners,etc. that really gets my worst case scenario juices flowing! i’m an insurance agent’s DREAM! i’ve already listed the top twenty five catastrophes that could happen to us and asked for an insane amount of insurance before she’s even started in on her sales pitch. ahhhhhhhhhh!
what the book discusses regarding this, which is helpful for me to know, is that my brain might be sort of wired for this- my formative years were unstable and there’s certainly reason my mind might immediately start preparing for trauma with even the slightest hint of it. but more importantly- there are ways to counteract it (and awareness is most certainly step one). this book recommends meditations, an activity called “squashing the ANTS” (automatic negative thoughts), and as a last resort: medications. at the very least i’m now aware of this tendency and that it’s important for me to challenge these little thoughts that pop up into my head before i go down the mental path of DOOM AND GLOOM!
anyway, all of that to get to the fact that i think you might really enjoy the book. i think most anyone could pull something out of it that might help them!
lastly can we talk about that gorgeous girl and those irish wolfhounds? i just about fell off my chair when i saw that photo, it’s so beautiful. and this is what it reminds me of: “Old age means realizing you will never own all the dogs you wanted to.” -Joe Gores
have a fantastic weekend my friends! xx sarah