Do You Have a Thinking Problem? 🤔

Shadow on green grass of August Rodin's "The Thinker" sculpture at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.
Shadow of Rodin’s “The Thinker” at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.

Ever feel like you’ve had too much to think?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking these days: about my place in the world, how I’m moving through it, and how the world moves me, too. I lost my job in March due to the pandemic, so I have some extra time. What an immense privilege. I don’t want to waste a single minute.

Is there really such thing as overthinking?
Yeah, maybe, but that’s not what this is about.

I’ve spent most of my life putting myself down, shrinking myself to “fun size” so I could fit in your pocket. So I could be liked and accepted. So I could belong. I would do whatever it took, often with disastrous results. (No surprise there!)

And so I’d lament, “nobody really sees me.”
Well, it’s hard to be fully seen if you’re always hiding.

I’m still figuring out what my life will look like moving forward, just as we all are. I have no idea what I’m doing, but the Big Secret of Life™️ is that nobody else knows, either. To quote the late, great Arthur Ashe: “Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” And for me that means showing myself and showing UP for myself. And I need to be thoughtful about it so my actions align with my core values. Have you thought about your core values lately?

So, what thoughts—big or small—are you thinking these days? I’d love to hear them.


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