- Pretend you’re the Bill Paxton submarine explorer guy from Titanic.
Except the Titanic is all your big problems. These are the problems you can’t reconcile with and have no hope of ever re-introducing into your life again. Get down there and look at them all, one by one. Think about them if you want to. Feel all the feelings you can at that moment. Sit there with them for as long as you need to get all the important information down–just like a super-serious explorer professional, deep-sea diver scholar person would do. Don’t make any judgements or conclusions! Just record all the information. My, what a big, strong, information recorder you are! Of course, your heavy oxygen tank will only last for so long and now you have to go back up to the surface, leaving all the Titanic analogous people and experiences behind, carrying nothing back but the dry, raw facts in your mind.
- Now, forget about it.
Unload the oxygen tank and put down the excavated material. Go grab some lunch or I don’t know some fruit or something. Forget everyone. Smell the air around you. Focus entirely on the taste of the fruit you are chomping down on right now. Is there anything more succulently fresh than a newly ripe watermelon? I ASK YOU. (Fun Fact: Your mind is still working on those deeply buried problems, just not really bothering about ’em. How gobsmackingly amazing is that?)