Hold That Thought, from Kim Witten, PhD

Quitting over a dead bug

Published 3 months ago • 1 min read

Hello again!

How are you getting on this December so far? I hope well and warmly.

Without further ado, here are this Thursday's picks to help you turn overthinking into expert thinking:


“Hard is not glamorous. More often than not, Hard arrives like a dead bug in your bag of frozen blueberries: a seemingly small, off-putting nuisance that shouldn’t make a difference but turns everything icky.”

An excellent piece by one of my dearest friends Marta Szreder, PhD, on what to remember when things get Hard

If you're a thinker, a reader, or a runner, you should follow Marta on Substack


If the first link helps you accept what's Hard, this next one will help you make it all a bit easier. A rewritten piece by me, on why you need a compelling reason


“…you presumably don't feel overwhelmed by all the unread books in the British Library – and not because there aren't an overwhelming number of them, but because it never occurred to you that it might be your job to get through them all.”

Four Thousand Weeks author Oliver Burkeman, on treating your to-read pile like a river, not a bucket

Extra Thoughts…

Did you go back to the image to look for the bug? We're Hard-wired to do that. (See what I did there?)

It's a bit like skiing…if you're constantly looking out for trees to avoid, you start heading towards them. Your body follows your focus. Be aware of your Hard, but don't fixate.

And take a breaks as needed.

Speaking of, we're on day 5 with the rescue puggle and learning a lot. Being forced into regular walks and other routines is good for everyone.

What's your Hard? What makes it easier? What can you let float by?

PS. You're all lucky I went with the frozen blueberries rather than an AI-generated image of the Hulk wearing a sequinned cape in a sleigh drawn by twelve fire-breathing reindeers. It was…something.

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