I don’t have a beautiful mind like the guy in the movie by that title who is a brilliant mathematician. In fact, when it comes to math, my mind is anything but beautiful. Equations go into my mind to scoff and mock.
“Larry, get a load of this mind! She’ll never get us. We’re safe here!” (Yes, math equations are sometimes named Larry.)
I’d say instead of a beautiful mind, I have a busy mind. It sometimes serves me well. Minds need to be busy, right? We have places to go, people to see, things to do.
But there are times my busy mind is not a good addition to life, but a subtraction. (Wait, did I almost make a math problem? Larry, is that you?)
When my mind is busy with the wrong things, things like worry, irrational thoughts, fears, imaginary scenarios, I suffer.
But I have a little equation that helps me pull out of it. (Okay, maybe I really CAN do math- just not with actual numbers.)
Truth + Trust = Peace
When I find my busy mind is focused on questions like,
“What did my friend mean by that comment? Does she hate me now? What did I do to offend her?”
“What if my daughter doesn’t know how to navigate this difficult situation at school today? What if I’ve completely failed as her mom?”
“Is this health symptom weird? Am I dying of some rare disease?”
When those questions haunt me, I go back to my equation.
Truth + Trust = Peace
Truth. What do I KNOW to be true.
Trust. Who do I KNOW to be in control, no matter the circumstance (spoiler alert: it’s God).
Peace. Ahhh. There is it. The wonderful resulting exhale of relief and hope filled inhale of comfort.
When I go back this equation, this simple formula without numbers, my busy mind becomes more beautiful after all.
That’s right, Larry. Deal with it.
This post is part of the Five Minute Friday community where bloggers are challenged to write for 5 minutes based on a one-word prompt. This week’s word: TRUTH
5 thoughts on “Math is easier without numbers.”
You crack me up! Your title caught my eye in the Five Minute Friday link up–I am a fellow mathaphobe (but I haven’t named my number problems Larry yet 😉 ). I’m glad we have a formula for peace that involves letters and NOT numbers!
I like your equation! God is our source for truth and we are at peace when we trust Him. Have a blessed weekend. I am your neighbor at FMF.
Story of my life, friend!!!! So glad to have come by today. Peace peace peace. Have a beautiful weekend. #fmf
I love this. An equation that is sure every time when we use the mind of Christ we have been given. #38.
This made me smile, but also nod in agreement. It’s a message we all need to hear. Trust is the only way to peace.