On Not (Always) Expecting The Worst
What if the other shoe wasn’t about to drop? What if the opposite was true?
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The other day I caught myself catastrophizing. Not a full-throttle spiral, but doing the thing, thinking the bad thoughts for a few straight minutes. You know, getting into it. And I can’t even remember what exactly triggered it. But that part almost doesn’t matter, it’s more the familiar pattern that does, which goes something like: Life is moving along, things are working, being there for friends/family, pants feel good, dinner turns out better than usual, with plenty of good vibes left over to pay an unexpected air conditioner replacement bill.
And then something happens. Something small. Something probably dumb. Something not even bad! Something so seemingly unremarkable that I believe (very strongly) any of you sane people might just flick away like some cat hair or the vaguest little cookie crumb. Not me, though. Me and that cookie crumb…we see each other. I know what’s really inside that tiny atom of goodness—and it’s not good…or so I think.
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