I just wrote a short bit about some of what I’ve learned from Twitter, so far.
Now, I want to use that as an example to discuss something I’ve been thinking lately about obstacles.
I’ve had this sort of negative impression of obstacles in my mind, for a while now.
I think it is time to update this.
I have been associating obstacles with stress.
With things that cause me stress.
But this is limiting, I feel like.
At the same time, I’ve been aware that meeting (and overcoming, whether by action or thought) obstacles, is how I grow.
And I like to grow.
Places like Twitter are safe (more so than Facebook, anyway- hah!).
The things that cause us to obsessively scroll through even highly stressful Facebook feeds are, I believe- the same things in our brain that cause us to live in ANY corner of the internet, exclusively.
I believe this is something similar to what I’ve talked about in other posts- hiding our eyes when things get scary.
The scaries do not go away, are ever growing larger and more intense.
They can still see us, and this our brains know, on some level.
So we flee from them.
Flee, towards the nearest thing that offers shelter.
But our brains are far more capable than we generally credit, I believe.
When faced with something New, when faced with the kinds of obstacles that are new thoughts, new actions, new people and new beliefs- our brains do not implode. We yet live. I know that is a super obvious thing, but sometimes it helps me to overcome my own destructive behaviors, by formulating them in the most extreme, and extremely ridiculous manners possible.
Our brains are smart, and they are capable.
Do not sell yourself short, by not remembering this thing.
Frequently, I find that all I need to do to break myself out of habits that are not in my best interest, is to remember to try something different.
So, today- I am trying something, different.
I am reframing obstacles, in my mind. To become a thing less scary- to become the things about life that help me thrive.