While imagination is a wonderful thing it can also be the root cause of much of the stress in our lives. As we get older and continually deal with more challenging life experiences, it can be our imagination that derails us.

If we find ourselves worrying and experiencing stress about what might happen, our imaginations have gotten the better of us. We need to stop and stick to the facts.

For example, let’s imagine someone is perpetually late or owes us money and hasn’t paid us on time. Imaginations say: ‘He thinks I’m stupid. She’s selfish. They don’t respect me. I must be a weak pushover if they’re treating me like this.” Facts say: “They’re late.” or, “The payment is late, I wonder why?” Then it is time for questions & answers.

Sticking to the facts is not being emotional. It is viewing a situation, your health, a relationship, our work, the economy…whatever — in a factual way, without confusing it with emotional imaginary ideas.

When we start adding emotions to a situation, our imaginations are drawing references from past history. Today is a different day. Stick to the facts of the moment, ask questions, and do whatever you can do to make life unfold as best as you can.

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