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Hippo-what?

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What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, right? Well…maybe. If you let it. It depends on your perspective.

September 2017, I heard someone speaking and briefly mentioned the hippocampus. This struck me as odd. I had never heard of this, so I was immediately intrigued. The hippocampus is known to be the center of emotion, memory, and the autonomic nervous system. The most important part for me is this is where our perspective is.

What I begin to do is pray, “Lord heal my hippocampus. Help me perceive things the way you would. Help me to see things through your lens.” And while I still pray that prayer, at the time I thought I was really doing something. I said to myself, “Oh yeah, you got this now!”

Ha! What I did not know is that, like everything else, it’s a process. I really thought that I would automatically have new thoughts. That is NOT what happened. What actually happened is my default settings in my head began to be challenged. Every time I have an opportunity to process something negative in my life, the question pops up in my head, “how are you going to perceive this? What good will come out of this? Will it matter this time next week?” I’ll admit, sometimes it takes me a few days to find the right perspective on a thing. I’m just saying – some days I’m slow (insert smile).

While I was in counseling, one of the things that my counselor taught me was being able to perceive rational versus irrational thinking. I can’t tell you how many times she had to tell me, “Do you realize that is irrational thinking?” She would ask me questions like, “what made you come to that conclusion,” or, “if you were talking to someone else with this same situation, would you judge them so harshly?” Whoa! Wait. A. Minute! That’s a shift in perspective. We’re back at the same conclusion – you have to put in the work.

Thought for today:

What are you thinking about? How can you shift your perception? We must think about what we are thinking about. Remember the declarations and affirmations yesterday? What is your perspective about yourself? About God? About your life? Your future?

One of my favorite scriptures is Psalm 24. It promises me that if I invite God in my situation, He will come in. He’s never lost a battle, and He’s not about to start with me. Another thing I often remind myself is that He promised to never leave me or turn His back on me. Add that to what I am learning and coming to know about my identity in Him helps shape my perspective. We’re doing the work, friend. To the future we go!!

“Songs are as sad as the listener.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

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