What are walking limes and what on earth have they got to do with overthinking?
Have I been having nightmares about armies of stick people with limes for bodies rushing towards me?
No, thankfully not.
The story of my encounter with walking limes started a few days ago when I showed a friend something I had written.
Looking at the piece of paper, he said
“Let me see,” I said.
I studied the piece of paper and then replied
“No, that says walk 5 times”
Ok, I will admit at this point that I have terrible handwriting and if I write in a hurry, most people can’t read what I have put. Sometimes even I struggle and I wrote it.
So I went on to explain this to my friend.
Having cleared up the mystery, we both smiled and agreed that there had got to be a blog post in this lesson somewhere.
I liked the idea very much so penned the headline straight away.
The thing is that I didn’t write the post to go with it at the same time.
Which, in hindsight was a bit of a mistake.
So when later on, I began searching for an angle in my mind for what to write about, it became quite difficult.
Should I write about clarity? Or maybe I should write something about paying more attention to detail when I wrote things down?
The more I thought about the subject of my piece, the more difficult it got to come up with something I really liked.
It even got to the point where I very nearly decided to give up on the idea and write about something completely different.
It was then that I realised that I was overthinking the idea.
I’d lost touch with the message of the story and had begun to make it into something it wasn’t.
That is the trouble with overthinking. It does that.
It takes something simple and makes it way more complicated than it should be.
It makes monsters out of pieces of household dust.
The trick, I think, is to realise it is happening and stop it before it gets away from you.
To take things back to basics and return to the original premise.
I think I have managed to realise in time that this story is actually all about me writing things down more clearly and now I can go on and learn from that.
If nothing else, I really should always remember to cross my t’s.
How about you? Do you overthink things? Do you have any ways to deal with it if it happens to you? Please share them with us?