Ever wake up and have your brain just start racing? Trying to solve every problem in your life? That’s okay. Your brain is just doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s a problem solving machine. And while that can be helpful, if you don’t keep it in check, that can be really stressful.
Saint Paul tells us what to do in that situation. He wrote in Philippians, “Whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely…think about such things…and the God of peace will be with you.” Paul wrote that from prison while awaiting his trial and execution! So he had plenty to obsess about. But he didn’t. He thought of things above – and that led to his peace and joy, even in prison.
When you find yourself obsessing, read an uplifting book, or even better, try the Gospel of John or pray a rosary. But whatever you do, get in the driver’s seat of your own thoughts, and focus on what lifts you up, not what drags you down.