FEAR & ANGER: Get Them Out of Your Mind
These blogs are here in hopes they can help someone. Every person every day is not feeling the same way all the time– so if you are having a great day, come back next week.
But if these times are starting to get to you. If anger or fear is floating around in your life today and you can’t figure out how to get back to your “old self”—read on.
There is someone who is reading this today who is full of what I call “yucky.” It’s that awful fog that surrounds us when the chips are down. “I’m so mad about…” “I can’t get that bad thought out of my mind” “Why don’t they do things or think like I do?”
“No one cares about me.” “I’m messing things up.” “I’m losing control.” “I can’t control my circumstances so I’m mad and I am going to lash out at someone.”
Whatever “yucky” is stuck in your brain today— get it out, and get it out now.
Years ago I was filled with yucky for a variety of reasons. My husband had a great idea. He stood behind me, and as I closed my eyes, he made a soft “cutting” motion. He pretended to cut a hole in my head and made a “creaking” sound and said… “I’m opening up your brain and taking all that bad stuff out. What do you want to let go of?”
Well of course it made me smile, this silly idea—but then I could actually feel my burdens growing lighter.
I started calling off all the things that were building up and started to “let them go.” He added a fun “pulling” motion, like a magician does when pulling out a red handkerchief that keeps coming and keeps coming and is really long! Some of our so called “problems” are so embedded in our brain we need to really work them out.
As I let the worries, cares, and concerns go, I prayed about them and gave them to God. Afterwards I felt so free, and I still use this technique on myself—imagining opening up the top of my head to let go of all the things that are keeping me down.
You can do this yourself. Take a few minutes and light a candle. Find a favorite Bible verse and say a prayer that God will free your mind of all of the stresses and “yuckies” in there. Only peaceful, positive thoughts.
You don’t have to live in fear or anger. You don’t have to dread what is going to happen– whether it is real or perceived. You have the power — with God’s help– to clear your mind today. You also have the right. You don’t have to carry “the weight of the world” around on your shoulders or in your head. It doesn’t mean you don’t care. It doesn’t mean you are selfish. It means you are choosing happy.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. —Philippians 4:6-7(NIV)
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” ― Steve Maraboli, author of Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
1.Find out more about Steve Maraboli. This guy’s quotes say exactly what I am trying to say.
“Incredible change happens in your life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over, instead of craving control over what you don’t.” – Steve Maraboli
“Sometimes life knocks you on your ass… get up, get up, get up!!! Happiness is not the absence of problems, it’s the ability to deal with them.” — Steve Maraboli
2. Right now, if you have yuckies in your head, get your notebook out and list them. Look at that list. Why are you wasting your time fretting about them when God is here to share your burdens? Close your eyes and imagine an opening at the top of your head and let those bad thoughts go.
3. While you have your notebook out, write five things that you can do where you are, with what you have that might bring you some happiness or fun. Try to find some time in the next few days to do a few of them– or maybe all of them.
One Last Thought:
As the old saying goes, “Sometimes you are the dog and sometimes you are the fire hydrant.” You might be the one who is feeling bad– or maybe you are the one who is making someone else feel bad.
Try to look at your situation (someone else’s) in love. Try to see both sides. We don’t have time to spend our life moping, fretting and being full of yucky. Do what you need to to clear your mind and live your life. Choose Happy. Find Contentment.
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