Practicing Cognitive Distancing


Social distancing is part of the ‘new norm’. However, there are benefits to cognitive distancing that will serve us well throughout the year.

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John Thompson June 19, 2020 at 7:47 am

Nice Tips Shannon. Understanding that the most powerful influence in our lives is the thoughts we have about ourselves that we believe, can make a big difference in how we percieve the world! The tape running in our head can make for great days and weeks or the opposite and Guess What – we control that Tape!

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John A. Smaldone June 19, 2020 at 11:39 am

Shannon,

Good tips! Lets hope we all get back to a new norm in our lives, we are ready for it!

You and your family make it a good weekend for yourselves and Happy Father’s day my friend,

John

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The Positive Realist June 19, 2020 at 10:20 pm

What we dwell on is eventually what we become. It is the not the thoughts that are the problem but rather what we do with them.

When I was in my early twenties, someone told me that a friend of mine had undermined my confidence in him and had given advice that harmed a young couple that I was caring for. For years I felt betrayed but never tried to vet it. About four years ago another friend shared with me how much that advice had helped the couple; now I vetted it. It turns out that what went wrong had nothing to do with the advice my friend had given. I was greatly relieved EXCEPT about 10 years before my friend who provided the advice had died. That thought I had taken caused me to avoid the friend whose advice had actually helped that young couple. To this day it bothers me that I foolishly threw away the friendship of someone who was so trustworthy.

Submitting to the wrong thought is a terrible taskmaster.

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