It’s my brain, but I didn’t ask for it. We are all born with a brain, this we know, but what we are not responsible for is what makes up our brains. My brain or my mind has a way of doing its own thing. Sometimes I’m surprised at the thoughts it has. Sometimes I don’t know what to DO with those thoughts. But over time, I’ve realized that there isn’t anything to do with them. I can listen to them and then let them be. If they are negative thoughts, then letting them be is one of the best things I can do. My brain doesn’t know it is hurting me. Its job is to produce all sorts of thoughts both positive and negative ones.
So when I get angry at it for creating negative thoughts, it just looks at me quizzically and wonders why I’m frustrated with it.
“What did I do wrong?” My brain asks me.
“You’re making me feel like I am worthless,” I respond.
“I didn’t mean to do that,” my brain responds. “I’m simply creating some thoughts because that’s what I do for my job, which is to be a brain. I think I’m pretty good at that.”
“Yes, you are pretty good at that. Still, maybe you could let up a little bit?”
“I don’t think so. I am your brain and I do whatever it is I do.”
After talking with my brain I realized that it doesn’t mean to hurt me. It just wants to tell me something. And those somethings go on and on. They are sometimes important somethings and other times they are negative destructive thoughts. My brain isn’t trying intentionally to be a dick, but in the process of producing thoughts, it makes itself look like one.
Next time your brain gives you a garbage thought, remember that it’s trying its best. Go easy on it.
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