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.


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!

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


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,


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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