Cascading Avalanches

When things start to go wrong they often continue to go wrong much like an avalanche rolling down a hill gathering momentum and getting larger and larger as it goes. An avalanche overtakes and consumes everything in its path. There is no way to stop it.

In real life, one thing after another can just keep happening; the roof leaks, the car breaks down, the IRS calls, you lose your wallet, loved ones become ill and so on and on it goes. The sheer force of all of the negative events can smother you and leave you feeling out-of-control, overwhelmed, disheartened, vulnerable, weak and powerless.

How do you stop an avalanche? You can’t. So don’t let it get started. Don’t let that first negative thought snowball into an avalanche of negative thoughts. Stop the cascade. Stand up, plant your feet firmly and stop tumbling down the mountain. Use the power of your mind to change the nature and the direction of your thoughts.

When the first event occurs, don’t think, “Oh No, It’s going to be a bad day.” Don’t expect other things to happen, go bad or get worse. Remove the belief that things are inevitable. Refuse to let the event or your thoughts about it, define and determine your day or your life.

Dismiss any trepidation you feel. Minimize the event in your mind. Demystify the event. It is not an omen of things to come.It is not significant. Do not let the event and your thoughts snowball rapidly into an avalanche. Don’t get buried under the weight of your fear and your false beliefs. Remind yourself of your power to change your thoughts and change your life

In real life, you create your own avalanche of negative thoughts which can escalate into negative events. So, if you create it, you can change it. No one thinks in your head but you. What your mind has created, your mind can change.

Patricia Frank is a Licensed Psychotherapist. She can be reached at 305- 788-4864,

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