I’ve been trying to remember this Louise Hay gem when I feel a bit blah lately, “It is only a thought and a thought can be changed’. The blahness may be from this sniffle I can’t seem to shake, the increasing chill and decreasing light of the days or the fact I just watched the “Homeland” Season 4 finale. Eek! Almost as traumatic as the horse and quicksand combo of “The NeverEnding Story”. It’s easy at these times to pile it on with more darkness but I’m trying to take a dose of my own medicine and change my thoughts to feel better. But how?
The Perspective of eternity: You can imagine if this thing you’re stressing about will still seem important in an hour, day, week or year. Possibly not. But what about if you look at it with the perspective of eternity. I’m not a religious man but this thought does tend to centre me. From this long viewpoint, I can let any frustration, annoyance or disappointment go.
Looking forward: Sometimes, like Sylvia Plath in “The Bell jar” I can, “see day after day after day glaring ahead of me like a white, broad, infinitely desolate avenue.” When you feel like you’re in “Groundhog Day” with more grind and less Bill Murray, it helps to have something to look forward to. A scheduled holiday or a get together with friends gives you something to anticipate and look forward to on that avenue.
Digital Detox: Spending more time in the real rather than the digital world is refreshing. Not everyone is on holiday or getting married. Some people are simply shopping at Aldi like you. Putting your phone on airplane mode and turning off notifications gives you a digital detox and a chance to look up. This bit from Matt Haig’s novel “How to stop time” rang true for me: “People are only ever half present where they are these days. They always have at least one foot in the great digital nowhere”.
So switch off and look forward with the perspective of eternity to snap out of your funk. After all it is only a thought and a thought can be changed.
Love and light for eternity xxx Yvette
Louise Hay https://www.louisehay.com/101-best-louise-hay-positive-affirmations/
Matt Haig http://www.matthaig.com/
Sylvia Plath Quote: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/127211-i-saw-the-days-of-the-year-stretching-ahead-like
Brilliant and oh so true! Our thoughts are so powerful. At times I find I have worried so much and the outcomes have not reflected my waste of time and emotion of worrying! There was nothing to worry about at all!
I’m going to try and limit my social media time as well. It is so easy to get sucked in. While it is lovely seeing the weddings and babies when you aren’t there yet you question when is it my turn? When will I get my fairytale? So today I am going to attempt to only use my phone for its original purpose – to make and receive phone calls. I’m going to do more things that make me forget to check my phone. Have a great day Yvette!
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Thanks Mel! I’m guilty as charged as brooding over social media but am hoping to slowly and surely change my thoughts to more positive ones. Have an amazing day too lovely! 😍
Thank you for another interesting blog! I wish more people would take notice of the Digital Detox. I agree with the bit you have included from Matt Haig’s novel about “People are only ever half present where they are these days….” I have found that it is getting harder to walk around shopping centres, for example, with so many people walking at you and only looking at their phones rather than who they may be about to knock into. Don’t get me wrong I do love my phone but not enough to have to walk around the shopping centre reading it.
Thanks for reading. I’m glad you enjoyed it. Yes that bit from the novel is definitely true and it can be quite dangerous if everyone’s looking down at their phones! X