Toppling the giant known as……”OVER THINKING”

We’ve finally finished our discussion of the book, Julius Caesar by Shakespeare. The tragedies of the different characters of this book truly showed me what can happen when one over thinks or misunderstands signs or omens. With everything that has been happening in my life right now and all the life-changing decisions I have to make sooner or later as Junior Year ends, I can’t help at times but over think and put meaning into things that aren’t suppose to mean anything.

In our everyday lives, there are different signs and omens that we look at when making decisions. During trying moments and when we have to make life-changing decisions, we ask God for signs. Then when something out of the ordinary occurs, we immediately label it as a sign or omen, even if it may have just been a coincidence.

Misreading and misinterpreting signs is human nature for nobody is perfect. Like what Cicero said, “Men may construe things after their fashion, / Clean from the purpose of the things themselves” (I.iii.34–35). 

This is the truth and more often than not, we see things the way we want to see them. There are a lot of instances in our life where we have to make decisions and think things over before acting. During these times of weighing and reflection, we can’t help ourselves from putting meaning into things that don’t really mean much. Because of this, we end up over thinking and instead of making the best possible decision, we end up doing something uncharacteristic.

Overcoming the over-thinking syndrome is a challenge for most of us. Being an over thinker is a double-edged sword. At times, we are able to see the deeper details and read between the lines when we think things through, but during other instances, we end up mis interpreting signs, which leads us to confusion.

1. Don’t let any single decision dictate your life and change you. Continue to live your everyday life and do what you love to do. It is very common nowadays for people to just go on a period where they don’t do anything but fuss over a dilemma of theirs. Instead of solving their problem, they end up being even more confused and they end up doing things they’d later on regret. Aside from that, the anxiety and stress one experiences when he lets a debacle contain his life is obviously not healthy for a human being.

2. In order to avoid being barred and trapped by your debacles, try to keep yourself busy and do something that will help you clear your mind. Listen to music, play an instrument, exercise/workout, play a sport, or read a book in order to keep your mind busy. Even better yet, go out and help in a charitable organization.

3. Don’t keep everything to yourself. Don’t be afraid to seek the guidance and perspective of others; may it be your friends or family. No man is an island, and we need the help of others. More often than not, during these challenging moments, we are confounded and our vision is blurred. We usually miss key details and forget our principles and priorities in life, and what is truly important to us. Aside from this, when we share our pains and sorrows with others, the heavy feeling inside us lightens up because we realize that we aren’t alone, and that we have someone who cares for us.

4. Weigh the advantages and disadvantages but don’t think too far back to the future. This is because a lot of things can happen in a short amount of time. People will change, and things will happen. You can’t control what will happen in the future, but what you can control is your present actions.

5. Last but not the least, always remember that no matter what happens, LIFE GOES ON. A year, or even a month from now, you will have either forgotten what was bothering you to today or laughed at how you were troubled by such a simple thing. Count your blessings and appreciate what you have and your position in life. Think about it this way, there thousands of other people out there who have worse things to face.



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