Sometimes you just have to tell yourself to be quiet. Shush! Why, you ask? Mostly because our minds can be our own worst enemy in a myriad of ways. And if we ever become defeated by the power of the mind... Lord, help! That's when we lose sleep at night, question our faith, question our friendships and relationships -- it just gets all bad.
Do any of these sound like you? If so, insert your 'shush' as you see fit: "I have the worst luck. What's gonna go wrong today?" Shush. If you start off with the mindset of something going wrong, then inevitably, something will go wrong. You may even subconsciously create mishaps or seek out negativity.
"What did they mean by that text message? Are they mad at me? What did I say? Let me read it again. I'm'a just wait for them to text me, then I'll know how they feel." Listen. Now you need to shush and speak up at the same time. Get out of your head and ask that person what they meant. We let the smallest, most insignificant things get us trapped in our minds for way too long.
"I've always wanted to learn to play the guitar, but I'm too old and I don't even think I can." Shush. Don't let that voice discourage you from pursuing activities that will help you fulfill your dreams and bring you joy. If a 91 year old woman can go to prom because she never had the chance to before, then you can CERTAINLY play the guitar... or dance ballet... or go horseback riding... or scuba diving. Go DO!
"I'm too [fat, skinny, bald, hairy, tall, short, dark, light, pale, weird...]." OMG, SHUSH! Rather than looking at any of those things in a negative light, either embrace the person that you are and all of your attributes (unless your health is in jeopardy, in which case, take the necessary steps to fix it), or admit to yourself once and for all that you're suffering from low self-esteem/depression/insecurity and find a church, therapist, trusted friend or counselor that can help you take the steps out of that dark place. And you can start right now by reminding yourself of something that makes *YOU* beautiful.
"I never do anything right." Shush. Never? You never, ever do anything right? I find that exceptionally hard to believe. Did you hit the water when you used the bathroom? Did food make it in your mouth when you tried to eat? Did you put on matching shoes this morning? Let's step it up a bit. Are your pets still alive? Did your kids graduate to the next grade? Do you still have your job? Has anyone told you they loved you recently? Then you ARE doing something right. Lots of things. Let's spotlight those instead, k? K. Which brings me to that negative inner narrative that we don't need to 'shush', we need to forcefully silence. That voice in our head that constantly tells us all of the things that we're lacking, we can't do, are afraid of -- the voice that points out our inadequacies and the moment we start to find confidence, compliment or praise ourselves, that voice jumps in to tell us we're not worthy. That one can't be shushed. It has to be evicted, never to return again. The every-so-often voices we can shush. But that voice that's always there belittling everything we do has to go! It prevents us from doing the things we dream about (or maybe kills our dreams altogether) and it causes us to question even the things that we have confidence in.
Shush those things that are preventing you from living the life that you know you're capable of living. Let God do some work in that mind of yours, too. If you can't do it yourself -- which most of us can't, then He's there for the assist. And so are we; just reach out and we'll help you with your shushing.