A Cure for an Errant Imagination

Hey, my blog is still here! Thanks, GoDaddy! Your commercials may be grossly sexist, but your PHP update process is as smooth as it promised. So far.

The whole process took about 10 minutes on my side. I spent more time worrying about it than I did completing it, which made me remember something my BFF-if-she-knew-me, Martha Beck, wrote recently:

Virtually all suffering comes from the misuse of our imaginations.

I wish I had a dollar for every time in my life I approached a situation with fear, dread or resentment because I let images of the worst possible outcome run wild. I’m normally a fairly positive person and generally expect the best outcome, but there have been times when fear got the upper hand and took over. I misused my imagination to conjure up all sorts of negative scenarios, all fueled by fears of rejection, failure, and/or chaos, and all eventually leading to me being fat, alone, and living in a van down by the river.

Don’t get me wrong, imagining a negative result can be a positive thing. It helps to identify the causal fear behind it and develop a Plan B. Maybe even a Plan C. But somewhere around Plan H, it might be time to look up the symptoms of obsessiveness. (I have them memorized, if you ever need some quick info.)

Last night, I saved myself the energy-draining drama of an imagination run amok by redirecting my thinking into something useful. I imagined the worst-case scenario (the aforementioned kaboom!) and came up with a Plan B. I reviewed the backup/restore procedures, downloaded a quick backup, and pressed GO. No angst, suffering, or Plan C required!

A fertile imagination is a beautiful and wondrous thing to have, but it’s much more useful when used to envision our successes and triumphs than to be trapped in a cycle of worry and fear.

Right now, I’m imagining actually getting some exercise this week. This sinus crud has really knocked me for a loop. I’m hopeful for tomorrow. And thankful that my appetite and nutrition have been in check. :)



17 thoughts on “A Cure for an Errant Imagination

  1. So well said, Cammy. It’s a good experiment/challenge for us all! The next time I feel overcome with dread or tell myself I can’t do something, I’m going to remember this post and take steps to turn the situation around. Oh, and sorry about the sinus trouble – hope you feel better soon! xoxo

  2. I like this, Cammy – A fertile imagination is a beautiful and wondrous thing to have, but it’s much more useful when used to envision our successes and triumphs than to be trapped in a cycle of worry and fear.

    My mother always thinks the worst will happen and it took me a long time to get out of that “fear” mode. Envision our successes – love it!

  3. So you are writing directly for me these days, Cammy? I absolutely needed to read this. I KNOW this about myself but FORGET it all the stinking time. Thanks for the reminder.

  4. AHHH YES.
    Im married to a man who also has a fertile imagination but his goes straight from headache to brain tumor.

    lets not be he :)

  5. I do that all the time! I also found that imagining the worst case scenario helps me to move forward. It helps me realize my fear and find a way to deal with it should it happen.

    Sometimes when I’m getting really out of hand with my imagination I ask myself “how many times has that actually happened” then I focus on the other more positive outcome because that is more likely to happen….

    xo Cammy!

  6. Hope you’re feeling back to normal very soon. This took you out for a while.

    I LOVE your referral to the fab Martha Beck as a “BFF-if-she-knew-me.” That’s so funny! I’ve often felt that way about Meryl Streep, Hillary Clinton, and of course — the queen of all things — Oprah.

  7. “I wish I had a dollar for every time in my life I approached a situation with fear, dread or resentment because I let images of the worst possible outcome run wild.”

    I think you’re my long lost TWIN! When I was a little girl my Mom would say that no one else needed to worry because I worried enough for everyone. At age 17 I visited a psychic/palm reader, she took one look at my palm and said you have the worry lines of an 80 year old. So if there is a cure, remedy or magic pill for worry sign me up!

    In the mean time SO glad your blog transitioned smoothly :-)

  8. Hi Cammy, glad the technical issues are sorted out. Take care of yourself, and have a good, worry free day!!!

  9. Feel better Cammy but glad you are getting there!

    I loved your approach – I imagined the worst-case scenario (the aforementioned kaboom!) and came up with a Plan B.

    I can have that imagination sickness too… not always but sometimes….

  10. Glad it went well. I heard back from my email to my friendly godaddy rep that “They did identify a problem with some of the relay servers through the hosting accounts and are working towards resolving.” Hmm.

  11. Hi, Cammy! Though I’m betting you’ve already received it, I selected you as a recipient of The Versatile Blogger Award (mentioned in today’s post). :-)

  12. I’m so with you on this! I believe we create our world and our experiences with our thoughts, so if we invite trouble through worrying, trouble will find us. I am hoping to get my hands on a copy of Wayne Dyer’s book, “Your Erroneous Zones” soon.

    Hope the sinuses clear up quickly! Have a good weekend!

  13. What a great post and a perfect reminder that fear does not have to be the end. The idea of a plan for the outcomes is such a positive step. Goes along with envisioning what you want and going to get it. Thanks Cammy! :-)

  14. Awesome job Cammy! I worry and think about all the possible things that can go wrong and cause myself unnecessary angst. Sigh. I am a work in progress.

    Hope you feel better soon. I am starting to feel better after nearly two weeks of being sick!

  15. I’m with you on the fear thing. I’m trying to keep it in check too…it definitely interferes with planning and just plain having fun. Instead of focusing on the fear, I’m trying to draw something from the stretch that result from reaching beyond my comfort zone. Maybe it’s semantics, but I find life much more rewarding when I focus on the stretch and having fun in the process. Good luck.

  16. I am more and more convinced that it is all mental when it comes for to my diet/exercise. Empowering but then of course I have to take full responsibility which is ugh. :)

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