Change the channel, darling

Image: Tracy Thomas

Sometimes, what we see out there seems so… Real. So concrete. Especially the bad stuff.

There are times I’m certain that that fire-breathing, snot-slinging dragon is coming in hot, straight at me. I can see it. I can feel its fire on my eyes. This is it, I’ve often said to myself as I squint and wait for it to consume me in flames.

But here I am. Typing this to you. Never been burned by a dragon once. And if I have been, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I made it out to be.

Since we’re talking about symbolic dragons (which take the physical form of past-due bills, eviction notices, pink slips, cold shoulders, ruined take-out orders, and the like) — I think it’s time we ask ourselves, why do we allow our imaginations to take us there?

Maybe it’s not a dragon for you (it’s usually not for me either, but it was an example that worked, so I went with it) — maybe it’s just an overblown doomsday scenario, rooted in FEAR (False Evidence Appearing Real).

These horror movies we project onto the screen of our consciousness are merely scenes from a movie of our making.

Well, as you may already know, we have the remote in our hands. We’re just so enthralled and mesmerized by what’s on the screen that we often forget to just aim that bad boy and change the damn channel.

I’m reading Arriana Huffington’s book, Thrive, right now (incredible book). This idea is swiped straight from the book — here’s a passage for ya…

“Whenever I’d complain or was upset about something in my own life, my mother had the same advice, ‘Darling, just change the channel. You are in control of the clicker. Don’t replay the bad, scary movie.’”
Arianna Huffington, Thrive

Don’t replay the bad, scary movie. What wonderful words of wisdom.

Now, where’s that remote again?

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