My life has been filled with terrible misfortunes . . . most of which never happened. MARK TWAIN
The human imagination is quite creative and can take us on an emotional adventure. We imagine going into space and make it happen. We have the ability to create stories, put them on film, and engage millions to dream along with us. Imagination unlocks the door to endless possibilities.
The problem is, sometimes we think up the worst possible scenarios for our own lives. These scenarios cause our self unnecessary worry. The good news is, like Mark Twain suggests, most of these scenarios never come true. Unfortunately though when we continually think the worst, it will cause us unnecessary suffering. “What-if” questions are usually only possibilities and not reality.
Buddha has taught us that the mind is everything; what you think you become. Every moment of the day, we are faced with the choices of our own thoughts.
If you find yourself caught up in the what-if drama and overwhelmed with worry, take a moment to pause. Breathe. Ask yourself whether it is reality or a runaway imagination. It’s only natural for thoughts to occur, however, you can decide how much importance you want to give them.
As Buddha said, “Wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.” When you come from a calm standpoint, you are more likely to respond with good sense. The good sense will guide you to look for thoughts of reassurance and support.
On the other side of worry, there’s trust. With wisdom and a peaceful mind you can find trust in yourself. It’s reassuring to know you have the innate wisdom and ability to get through whatever it is that is presented to you. While we can’t always control what life will look like or be like, we can control how we respond to it.