The voices in your head

I am not the best blogger in the world (note the delay between this blog post and the last), for two reasons:

  1. I am an internal processor: I ponder things a lot before I formulate and express how I feel and what I think about things.
  2. I have a love/hate relationship with social media in regards to my personal life.

Here is a photo to prove that I’m alive and doing things. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Me and a blanket of gorgeous white
Me and a blanket of gorgeous white, a few weeks ago

With that thought out of the way, I’m gonna talk about voices.

There are so many voices in the world. Voices that tell us what to believe and who to believe, and what to think about life and what to think about ourselves. The voices come from everywhere; media, friends, the past, friends, your worries, family…you name it. And let me tell you, they are relentless.
And sometimes very loud.
And sometimes very subtle and hard to pinpoint.

In my opinion, the voices that are internal, that have had homes within our minds and hearts for a long time, are the hardest to manage or challenge. Last week I had a moment where I was caught between two different internal voices, each pulling me in a different direction. Each was an idea, a potential belief I could hold about myself. One was quiteย  negative, the other more positive in nature.

For some reason, in that in-between moment, I was more conscious than usual that I had a choice. It was up to me which voice I was going to listen to, and therefore, which one I was going to believe.ย  At that point, the choice was easy. I will gladly flush that old negative voice/idea down the toilet and adopt a better one.

Of course most of you are aware of this concept (as was I). But as I’ve said before, practicing it is a completely different thing. It was a super empowering moment, to know I can choose how I feel about myself, and therefore, how I feel about the world.

I can choose to reject the crappy no-good voices that don’t do me any good. And I can change my life by choosing to listen to the voices that affirm, reinforce, and uplift.

We all hear voices in our heads. ๐Ÿ˜‰
But we can choose which ones to listen to.

View from the plane PDX>SLC