What do you mean, you “feel” that way?

What is one thing you would love to do for yourself?

Often, when we are asked this question, we think of our dream vacation. Or, maybe a hobby we’ve had our eye on. Many times, our thoughts go to a place where there are no distractions from outside influence. It’s our “me time.”

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What if I asked you to focus the question more towards your way of thinking? Is there one thing you would love to do for yourself regarding how you foster your thoughts? Our minds are powerful at manipulating. The way we focus our thoughts can have a direct impact on our physical and mental wellness, ambition, relationships, confidence….really, the list can go on and on. The truth is, how we think is connected to how we function.

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Our mind’s influence can take us to the worse-case scenario while calculating each step along the way. It will illustrate step-by-step how others will act – respond – feel and how we will react – question – reject. We rationalize our feelings and give them jurisdiction in our lives. It’s true, our feelings can be spot on with no reason. Those feelings should be easier to recognize because they don’t need validation from others. And, in your heart you know the risk of being wrong doesn’t outweigh being right.

It’s incredible the power our minds have over us. Especially when it concerns other people. And what is even more incredible is it doesn’t differentiate. Thoughts are in everyone! And so are insecurities. When insecurities bubble up into our forethought, there is an unrestrainable hold over all reason. Think about it. Insecurities can make one act a certain way when it wasn’t their intention. One may question another’s motive for no practical reason. Interactions are made with people who are prelabeled. Personality traits are looked at as flaws if they aren’t aligning. Strengths are devalued. Relationships are questioned. People are criticized.

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I have a personality that wants to get things done. I can only “think” about something for so long before I need to take action. I have family members who can’t make a decision unless their life depended on it. It would frustrate me when we would be making plans for a family get together and days would pass with no one wanting to commit to a plan. Hitting my limit of discussion, I would lay out a plan. I heard the talk of how I always have to control everything.

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It wasn’t that they couldn’t make a decision, they worried about making everyone happy. And, it wasn’t that I was controlling, I needed to have a plan so I could clear my mind. It didn’t matter to them that I included everything they discussed, and it didn’t matter to me that they weren’t sure what they really wanted.

I was given advise when I was younger. “It’s not if they will do it, but when they will do it.” I felt a burden of relief when this was shared with me. It released a lot of anxiety because I didn’t overthink the “if.” Instead of being caught off guard I was able to prepare myself.

As time went on, I started to question that advise. Not if, but when. I was allowing myself to experience suffering before it happened. The people in my situation didn’t have the opportunity to show me they could change. I put them in a box – not if, but when. This didn’t make me the bigger person. I wasn’t growing and resolving issues. And, I wasn’t allowing others to show me they could either. Instead of continuously waiting for the when, I learned to find my boundaries. I didn’t put myself in the situations that would cause triggers (on either side) and I retrained my thought process. Instead of “what will they do” it was “what can I do.”   I was able to find ways I could improve the situation rather than focus on the negative aspect of the situation.

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Just like the current of a river, keep moving. Preferably forward.

The way we think is connected to how we function. Our thoughts can lift us up and bring us down within a 10-minute period. That is why it is important for us to be in tune with our feelings. There is a correlation between every feeling and an experience we’ve had. Some links are unmistakably easy to identify. Others may require a deliberate approach to identify. Awareness of why we have certain feelings towards others can lead us to having positive interactions and prevent damaging rationalizing. It’s not always an overnight process, but it does require action.

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It is easier said than done. I’ve battled with my thoughts for a long time. And, I still do. Our thoughts require constant managing because each experience gives us knowledge. Here are some things that have helped me.

  • Journaling
  • Listening to music
  • Running/walking
  • Reading my Bible
  • Speaking to a counselor
  • Understanding not everyone thinks like I do
  • Accepting my strengths and weaknesses
  • Accepting other’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Accepting I am worthy of good relationships
  • Loving others for who they are and not what I need/want them to be
  • Accepting past experiences and letting them go…..

This is a topic that can be explored countless ways.

What is one thing you would like to do for yourself?

 

22 Comments on “What do you mean, you “feel” that way?

  1. Thank you so much for this. This is very helpful to me right now as I am making a major decision in life. I am not sure if it is bounded with feelings or what. One thing as well is to really read the bible and immerse ourselves in His words, so that our decisions in life will be guided. Prayers for you! 🙂 Keep safe.

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    • I really hope you are able to make the right decision for you! I am trying to turn to God more than I have in the past, which has proven to be harder than it should be. You are always an inspiration to me, Cha!

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    • I’m so glad to hear we share some of the same methods! Sometimes it seems too easy, and we don’t have to continue, but we both know that isn’t the case.

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  2. I would really love to accept my strengths and weaknesses. sometimes I do not realize either. All I know is how to keep pushing myself..That’s all

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    • I suppose knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you know when you need to push more or if your pushing too hard. This can relate to you personally or your relationship with others.

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  3. This is something that has become much easier for me as I have gotten older. I can only worry about myself. And it has greatly helped me to not worry if things are not shaping up the way I think they should. I now have more confidence that things will still work out in the long run without me rushing in to save the day anymore. It has been good taking that pressure off myself!

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    • I have to say, age has helped me in this area as well. Things wouldn’t change if we didn’t reflect and learn. Easier said than done, especially when we feel the need to “save the day” – it is hard to let go the reigns. Good job, my wise friend!

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  4. One thing I would love to do is to enjoy having a warm bubble bath while sipping a glass of champagne, and listening to Italian music. It is a simple luxury that I could give to myself, and the source of creative ideas.

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  5. I try to have some me-time everyday. It might be anything I do for my own pleasure and I am not to be disturbed when I am on it

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  6. This was such a good reflection. Everyone is different and sometimes it is hard for others to understand that.

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  7. Out minds can be our worst enemy. Some just feel more and it is hard for others who don’t to understand, especially those who lack empathy. We are who we are, feelings and all!

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  8. I would love to accept my strengths and weaknesses. sometimes I do not realize either.

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  9. I have found it hard to accept certain events in my life. I wish I could change that, I am trying to learn how to accept. It is harder to accept your own strengths and weaknesses as compared to other’s strengths and weaknesses, I feel.

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  10. I battled with my thoughts a lot when I was younger and I wrote a heap of poetry to deal with it.

    Writing about my travels helps me these days.

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