Do you ever get so lost in your worries that it feels like you’re stuck on a treadmill and you’ll never get off? Last night, I dreamt of a tornado spinning closer and closer to me like an angry, whirling cluster of darkness.
The dream made me think of negative thought patterns, which can wreak havoc on your entire life if they don’t stop spinning and spinning. It really doesn’t matter what the thoughts are about, but as long as you let them fester and churn inside your mind for too long, they will change your outlook and alter your perspective before you can realize you’re thinking them at all.
We tend to get lost in the movies of our own lives, focusing on each event and melodrama as if the fate of the universe depended on it. But when you think of how impermanent this all is, it seems silly to worry about anything else besides enjoying our lives and helping others do the same.
I often find myself falling down the rabbit hole of worrying about every little detail, replaying conversations in my head like a broken record and anticipating the future without looking around at the present. Sometimes, it can be so refreshing to zoom out to the bigger picture and realize what’s really going on: we’re spinning around on a fleck of dust, surrounded by stars and galaxies and who knows what else.
How crazy is that?!
I think it’s wonderful that we have things like work and relationships to keep us busy here on earth, and I’m all for striving to be your best self at all times. But sometimes, when you’re feeling stressed to the max about responsibilities, deadlines, stressful relationships and the like, you just have to take a moment to relax, breathe, drop your shoulders down and zoom out to see that everything you think is so monumental is really just a speck of dust in the universe.
While that’s a scary thought, it’s also the most freeing idea I can think of. We’ve been given this big beautiful earth filled with stunning nature, lovely, kind-hearted people and plenty of fun, fulfilling, helpful things to do.
Let’s enjoy it while we can and kick the worrying to the curb.
That’s all for today’s philosophical rant. How do you like to put things in perspective and remember who you truly are? Let me know in the comments below!