letting go

woman sitting on stone

“Let go or be dragged.”

– Zen proverb

Things that drag us: old attack thoughts we keep ruminating on.

Rehashing an argument with someone so you “win” doesn’t benefit anyone. You can’t go back and deliver that perfect quip, and the other person will never feel the sting of your cutting wit. You are putting yourself through unnecessary pain; you are attacking only yourself.

For this prompt, Five Minutes in the Morning suggests you imagine your mind as a filing cabinet. The mental drawers need to be cleared of clutter from time to time, much like their IRL counterparts. The ideal time is before they’re overflowing. The ideal time is now.

Set a timer for five minutes and then take out each of these ruminative, negative thought-files, one by one. As you do, ask yourself, Does this thought contribute to my sense of well-being?

If the answer is no, it’s time to make like Elsa and let it go.

I was feeling artsy for this prompt, so I drew the old, unhelpful thoughts that no longer contribute to my sense of well-being as if they were files.

I both write AND draw like a gorilla

Then, I crumpled the paper and tossed it.

I suggest you do the same when your five minutes are up.

Now, get out of here and go enjoy your Saturday. I wish you nothing but pleasantness!

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