As those of you who have been reading the Wow for a while know, among my least favorite phrases in the world is “Pick your brain.” (Perhaps it’s an opportunity for you to page Dr. Freud, but it always makes me feel a little sick.)
Today, however, I’m here to discuss the importance of weeding your brain.
As you can see in the photo above, it’s been some time since I tackled the weeds in the driveway.
One reason for this is that it always seems as if one minute it’s just one or two adventurous, weedy souls and the next minute I’m buckets deep in green.
I have noticed unhelpful thoughts multiply in much the same way.
How can you learn to recognize them?
In my case, they are usually any thought that begins with:
- “She/he/this always….”
- “He/she/this never….”
- “Everybody else is….
- “Nobody else has to…”
You get the idea.
Weedy thoughts deal in absolutes. And, because our brains love clarity, they take root and spread quickly, leaving us feeling overwhelmed, victimized, powerless….
But here’s the thing: you don’t have to uproot them all in one day.
Perhaps today you simply prepare your mind to pull them out—soak in the idea.
Because the same way a good physical soaking makes it easier to pull out physical weeds, a good mental soaking makes it easier to pull out mental weeds.
If so, consider this post your thunderstorm.
For more on phrases that give me the shivers, check out: “Pick Your Brain and Other Phrases I Never, Ever Want to Hear Again.”