There’s no question that worrying thoughts have an impact. A one-timer is bad enough. But they hit hardest when they repeat.
At their worst, it can feel constant. Becoming background noise for life. Like a 10-second gif or audio clip that repeats. And repeats.
Only instead of being something harmless or fun, it’s negative. It hits a weak spot. And gains power with constant repetition. Even if it’s not true.
The problem isn’t with the repetition. It’s with the focus of what’s repeating. Which is the point of Sunday’s first reading (Jeremiah).
More on this tomorrow. Readings for Sunday