The Crap In Your Field: How To Stop Negative Thoughts From Taking Over Your Life

Lukas Schwekendiek
4 min readMar 28
Photo by Frances Gunn on Unsplash

Your negative thoughts are not something to abolish, remove or destroy!

In fact, the more you try to do this the more negative you become.

Imagine you are working on a farm.

You walk around your fields and begin to smell something foul.

Turning the corner you see a heap of manure that wasn’t there before. It stinks incredibly.

Your first instinct is obviously to remove this pile of crap from your farm, and so you grab a pitchfork and work most of the day to get rid of it.

By the end of the day, you smell almost worse than the original pile and your eyes are watering from the hours of fighting off the stench.

But, you did it.

The pile is finally gone.

You put your clothes in the washer, setting it to the most intense setting, then go to bed and rest up for the next day.

As you make your rounds of the fields again that same foul smell, this time in a different part of the farm.

It’s another pile of manure.

Again you grab your pitchfork as you get yourself ready for another day of awful smells.

You do this time and time again, but, as life happens, more crap piles on.

Some days there is a small pile, other days many large ones, but no matter what you do, you always end up smelling like crap as well.

Trying to remove the negative thoughts from your life is similar to removing those piles of manure.

No matter how much you try to get rid of them, they will always reappear and will often affect you become as negative as they are.

If your entire life revolves around removing the crap, then all you will see and smell day after day is crap. It will become everything you see, do and smell.

Now, that is not to say you should just ignore them, but do not try so hard to remove the piles of crap that just keep coming back anyway. Do not let them take over your entire life.

Lukas Schwekendiek

Life Coach, Speaker, Writer. Published on TIME, Inc & Huffington Post.