I don’t write enough.
What I do write isn’t good enough.
I don’t work hard enough.
I’m falling behind.
I’m missing out.
All those thoughts went through my mind today. I’ve thought some of them before.
I came home and had an amazing dinner cooked by my amazing wife. We went to a local park and played tennis. We had a great time.
Those thoughts were still going through my mind.
Then I sat down. I looked around the living room of our apartment. I breathed.
Things aren’t so bad. In fact, they’re really good. Life is really good. So why was I struggling with such negative thoughts?
It’s called tunnel vision.
For a few quiet minutes, I took off the blinders and chose awareness. I’m going to try to make it a regular habit.
I want to remind myself of how good it feels to see my wife celebrate hitting a winner down the line. I want to think about how blessed I am to work with amazing people. I want to remind myself that I have a family that loves me.
I feel at peace. I wish the same for you.
Aaron Charles is a writer and marketing account executive from Indiana. You can connect with him on Twitter, Medium or Instagram. Aaron and his wife Sarah run a Medium publication called Cooking With Sarah that documents their weekly cooking adventures.