Their use to be this cartoon on TV called Courage The Cowardly Dog. It was about a terrified old mutt who was constantly trying to protect his owners from scary creatures.
Even though he was afraid of everything, even his own reflection, he still went to great lengths to keep his owners, Muriel and Eustace, safe.
One of my favorite parts of the show was when Courage would see huge shadows of monsters on the wall, only to realize it was just Muriel walking into the room or a lamp shade.
Nothing was ever as bad as he imagined and things always turned out alright in the end. I watched a couple episodes the other night and I can relate to Courage.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve made something out of nothing. I’m not usually afraid of shadows, but I’m often anxious or agitated over things that turn out to be 10 times smaller than I imagine.
We have an amazing ability to create mental previews and convince ourselves that they’re real. But the thing is…we’re almost always wrong. We imagine things to be better or worse than they actually turn out.
A reliable sneak peak of the future doesn’t exist. None of us know what’s around the corner. We can either come to terms with the facts or ignore them.
Lately I’ve been trying to welcome the mystery of what might be, because at the end of the day I’m not in control of the road ahead and my predictions just add unnecessary stress to life.
Try to recognize when you’re creating overwhelming shadows and remind yourself that it’s all in you’re head. It’ll relieve some of the pressure.
We can handle whatever is coming once it gets here.