I was out for a long sunset walk with Tara, we were enjoying the sound of the waves crashing on the beach and revelling in our kid-free time, knowing they are having an amazing time at summer camp.

Then, into my head pops a little voice, “The proposal email you sent this morning was missing a key detail. You messed that up!”

I can think of endless options, but let me state a few:
Believe the voice in my head and panic for the rest of my evening, ultimately distracted from my time with my beautiful wife.
Believe the voice in my head and put the “repair” off until tomorrow while being only semi-distracted for the evening.
Blow it off as, “Who cares?!”
Accept my mistake and correct it during business hours so that I can be as present as possible.
Recognize the thought as merely a thought, let it pass, and patiently wait to see what the results of the proposal turn out to be, knowing that next time I can do it differently if I’d prefer. Since I did not invest in the thought, I can be fully present.

I’m going to stop here, as a courtesy to you because there are infinite options of how we can attend to any thought that ever passes through our mind.

“You’re never more than one thought away from a whole new experience of being alive.” —Michael Neill

How do you attend to the voices in your head? And how might you change that after reading this post?

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