I get tired of junk mail. I do. Not in my actual mailbox, though. Ohhh, no. Those Miles Kimball catalogs can show up for eternity. I love those things!
But in my e-mail? Yuck.
Now, I don't have it as bad as my husband. My husband gets the nasty stuff—"male enhancement" and whatnot. Which is funny because he never checks his e-mail. Mine is either stuff I signed up for and no longer want to get, or I get e-mails from overseas princes and people who "need my help."
I'm going through a phase right now where if I get an e-mail I don't want, I'll unsubscribe. Just *click*—take me off your list, please. Most of them stop. InStyle must know the state of my wardrobe, though, because they're unrelenting. Nobody needs sunglasses that big, OK?! Nobody!
But I digress.
Sometimes I wish my brain had an "unsubscribe" button. I have all these thoughts that come at me: some of them anxiety-related, some of them dredging up the past, some of them—OK, some of them dirty. I'll say it. It's like everything that I've ever seen on TV or in the movies—or even things I've imagined in a book—has been cataloged in my brain, and they come up at the worst times. The same ones will pop up over and over again, too.
I just want to click an "unsubscribe" button and make them stop.
Scripture talks about taking every thought captive, but I don't even want to take these captive. I don't want them to show up in the first place, let alone hang on to them and inspect them before I dismiss them. I know they're lousy. I know I don't need or want them in my brain.
I'm learning the importance of watching what I put into my eyeballs. Visually, I mean. Not, like, sharp objects. My brain is especially visual, so those pictures hang around forever and pop up when I least expect them. And least want them to.
Like in church, which is the worst.
How do you monitor what you take in? Any tips for unsubscribing from lousy thoughts?