Why a Hot Air Balloon is the Perfect Metaphor for Overcoming Negative ThoughtsNone By Shelby Skrhak
“But I talked you up,” he said without any strong inflection in his voice. My husband wasn’t upset, just surprised at the last minute change of plans. I had committed to speak to a class of newspaper students at his school, but I needed to reschedule for a last minute photo shoot I was to attend. I emailed my student contact—the newspaper’s managing editor—to let him know I had a scheduling conflict and offered two other dates, which I thought was perfectly reasonable. But those few words from my husband just dropped the floor beneath me and my mood sank. Self-doubt crept in and I felt like I was a big slacking failure for so poorly managing my calendar.
Healthy or not, I’d ordinarily shut down my brain—and shut down my laptop, abandoning any plans I had to work or write that night. But I had too much to do. So I logged in for ideas to write, and found my first Happify track, How to Conquer Negative Thoughts.
Oh, I know how to master negative thoughts. I’m THE master of negative thoughts. But I suppose that’s not part of this curriculum.
The track’s first exercise is a hot air balloon-themed brain game called Uplift. A few rounds in, I’m watching a colorful balloon that I swear is bobbing at the same rate of my breathing. There’s my psychosomatic nature kicking in.
But I’m clicking and nothing’s happening.
Am I doing it wrong? What do I not see here that I should be doing? Am I missing something
Sound familiar? How many times have you gone down this same path, asking these same questions, and concluding it must be something that you’re doing wrong?
All these thoughts creep in as I sit here looking at an illustrated hot air balloon peeking out the right side o