Activate your power to choo-choo-choose a different thought.
When a train of thought shows up, don’t just get on!
Slow down before you board it to make sure it’s heading in the right direction. Ask each one:
Where are you taking me?
Are we headed to Lovelyville, Virtuetown, Good Report Station? Boomsauce!
Wait, this train is going to Jealousy, USA? Rage City? Gossip Central?
I’m sorry, I’m just not comfortable going where you are headed. Unlike Lisa Simpson, I don’t choo-choo-choose you!
This is an obvious strategy when you’re staring down a shocking or a perverted thought. Thoughts of murder, for example, can pretty quickly be spotted as trains you don’t want to get on.
But you can also avoid boarding trains like these:
• You’ll never top this success; you’ve peaked.
• You’ll never escape your past.
• You’ll never achieve your dreams.
• You’ll never make it out of this alive.
• You don’t have what it takes.
• You won’t get to see your kids grow up.
• You’re defined by the difficult things you have been through.
• You don’t deserve anything good.
• Nobody loves you, and you should just die.
Sometimes, though, it’s harder to spot trains headed to negative destinations.
Watch out for thoughts like these:
• being suspicious of people’s motives
• wondering what went wrong
• feeling guilty
• doubting and questioning God
• obsessing about why you weren’t invited
• fearing someone you love being harmed
• secretly being happy when something bad happens to someone you don’t like
• stressing about your future
• stewing over something that was done to you
The point is, you have a choice.
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