Today I’ve decided to try something new.
Over and over again in the past, I’ve been told “You’re just being pessimistic. You just need to think positive.” It makes sense, right? All of my mental and emotional problems are in my head so I can just think them away with positive thoughts.
So today, I have a toothache. It’s a nasty one that lingers there without provocation, without the insult of hot, cold or sweetness.
I lay in bed this morning wondering if I should take some painkillers and book myself in with my dentist to have this taken care of.
All of a sudden, it hits me. Why would I need to go to a doctor that specializes in this particular problem, diagnose, medicate and treat an issue with my teeth when my teeth are literally inside of my head?
So I attempted a different approach. I started to think positive. I built up the self-esteem of that tooth so much that it really should have swelled up to the point of shoving my other teeth right out of my mouth.
“You’re a great tooth. You’ve always been there for me.”
“I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. Without you, I couldn’t complete the first stage of digestion and I couldn’t get the nutrients that fuel my body.”
“You are strong! I believe in you!”
“You can do this.”
“We’re in this together. I love you.”
Can you guess what happened?
That’s right! My tooth healed itself and the pain just simply disappeared. Score one for the power of positive thinking!
…Just kidding. It didn’t magically cure my mental health and it didnt solve my tooth problem either.