Look back and think about how you have worried too much about things that didn't really matter.
Connecting with nature is a healthy first step away from the dangers of overthinking.
Look back and think about how you have worried too much about things that didn’t really matter.
Or... when you've worried about things that mattered a lot, and your worrying didn’t change the outcome, but instead made your life harder through worry.
This is called ‘analysis paralysis’, when we overthink and feel, or are, paralyzed to make decisions and get on with life.
Overthinking can make you sick.
Then later and often, we find ourselves actually glad things didn’t work out the way we had thought we wanted them to.
“The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation.”
~ Zig Ziglar
So stop it. Stop overthinking. (It’s creating problems that aren’t there.) Just let it be.
As I said to Molly one day when she was worrying about her progress in a college course, instead of doing her homework, "You are thinking too far in the future. For this moment, put your attention on your homework. Let God deal with how it plays out.”
Funny - there is nothing in this world that can trouble you as much as your own thoughts.
“Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but doesn’t get you anywhere.”
~ English proverb
If we look back, often what we thought were our wrong choices brought us to exactly the right place.
Have faith that you’re on your road. Eventually you’ll end up where you need to be, with whom you’re meant to be with, and doing what you should be doing.
Do you want to know how to clear your mind of the thoughts, worry, overthinking?
We can let go of what’s gone, grateful for what remains, and look forward to what’s to come.
Try it. Peace be with you.
Dr Chris Baker
Dr. Chris Baker is Past President of the American Orthodontic Society, a pediatric dentist and teacher of orthodontics, An author, dental practice consultant, mentor, and a current or former faculty member of three U.S. dental schools, Dr Chris practices and blogs in beautiful Abu Dhabi, UAE, and glorious Texas, USA.
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