Do you ever overthink things? I do – and too often the mental clutter I create escalates my behavior. I do it to myself by focusing on my challenges. And I’ve discovered mental habits are just as hard to break as physical ones.
It’s at times like these I think of a good friend of ours and the many moves she has had to make in her life. Every time she relocated, she tried to declutter, simplify and downsize. Accordingly, she would often pick up an object about to be packed and say, “Do I really need you in my life?” What a great question.
Too often I take for granted my blessings like health, family, friends, and my work. Instead, my brain obsesses on all the things I want to change. And when I get into the habit of focusing on the things I want, I miss out on being thankful for what I have. Perhaps it is time for me to declutter, simplify and downsize my thought process.
We all have blessings, and we all have challenges. This Thanksgiving week I hope you are able to consciously focus on your many blessings, rather than feeling overwhelmed by the challenges you face. I also pray you are able to get into a healthy thought habit of doing this once the week has passed. I, for one, will do my best to practice what I preach.
Happy Thanksgiving week.