I’ve lived a lot of my life in fear. The more I feared things, the more those things came true, which kept me in this cycle believing all those fears because some of them had come true.
Last night my son had a bad thought, which made him fearful he’d have nightmares. Oh bless him, I couldn’t hug him tight enough. I encouraged him to say his fear out loud, breaking it’s power, praying with him, and checking on him as he fell back to sleep.
It felt right. I could tell he was calm. My heart swelled with love for him. I didn’t think less of him because he had a bad thought. I didn’t tell him to quit it and get it together. It didn’t make sense to say those things.
But how often do we say those things to ourselves? Just stop worrying, get it together, no one else thinks this way. And in our silence we’ve given power to those thoughts.
Negative thoughts are normal, it is what we do with them that gives them power or dissolves them.
It also hit me after Caleb went to lay down, just because you think something doesn’t make it true. Our brains need this reminder. We are hardwired for protection. Our brains know how to do this well. And if we’ve had any sort of trauma we are hardwired for more protection.
A thought is a thought and we get to choose what to do with it.
- Speak it out loud. So our brains have a chance to look at it differently.
- Share it with someone else. Maybe a friend or a counselor.
- Let others check on you. People who love you and encourage you. Reminding you that you are not alone, no shame. Just joy shared in this journey.
Hopefully this encourages you, by reminding you, you are not alone. How we speak to our kids is how we should speak to ourselves. Or speak to ourselves the way we want to speak to our kids. Parenting continues to teach me more and more about myself. Grateful.