how to think in the gray:
black and white thinking is dichotomy thinking – where the answer is correct/wrong.
gray-thinking: the answer is more than correct/wrong.
. acknowledgement that not-white-or-not-black area of thinking exist
. acknowledgement that there are more than one spelling of grey – gray. For convenience, I’m using going to use “gray”, while acknowledging the grey.
– 1. future is endless possibilities
– 2. present is also endless possibilities
– 3. take a breath.
– 4. take a walk.
– 5. stop rubbing my face
– 6. go back to do my work. the more I think, the less helpful it becomes
sorry, I’ll try better to answer the question.
gray-thinking does not guaranteed satisfying answers.
Replacement Thoughts — The 5-Minute Rule
Take five minutes to respond differently after you identify a dualistic thought:
I will locate the balanced gray area of any stressful situation that is presented to me.
I will give up needing to be right and accept that all circumstance is neutral.
I will be more reflective than reactive.
I will sit in the anxiety and accept the subtle balance and varying degrees of life
I will accept that I cannot have certainty about most things right now.
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