Did you know that ants can lift 50 times their body weight?
Another fun fact about ants – some ants take over and enslave other ants.
There are many other fun facts about these tiny creatures, but these two facts stand out to me. I can picture them forming lines and carrying heavy pieces of food back to their home. Only to return and have some larger ant enslave them! A.N.T.S. (automatic negative thoughts) can carry the same heavy weight in our brains.
Have you ever noticed a tiny little negative thought enter your brain during the day? What do you do with it when it happens? Does it carry fifty times the weight? Or do you squash it immediately? Does the negative thought enslave any positive thoughts that had been there? Or do you stop it before it gets to that point?
The problem is that sometimes we don’t even notice the negative thoughts when they creep in. They sneak in quietly, we don’t stop them, they begin to carry more weight in our mind, and then they completely enslave our positive thoughts.
Left unchecked, these thoughts can become negative attitudes and feelings of helplessness. This hopelessness can create chronic stress, which upsets the body’s hormone balance, depletes the brain chemicals required for happiness, and damages the immune system.
Imagine if you noticed each negative thought as it entered your brain, dismissed it and replaced it with a positive thought. Your stress would lift, your hormone balance would normalize, your brain would create chemicals needed for happiness and your immune system would not be damaged.
Take some time this week to try it! You’ll find yourself in a much better place!