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Attack of the Killer ANTS March 22, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in Books & Movies, Humor, Mindfulness.

Years ago, while taking the NC Bar Exam, we stayed in Raleigh NC with BFF’s cousin, Dave. 

Knowing that I would need to unwind after Day 1of the 3-day exam, Dave or Sandra (probably Dave) rented the movie Attack of the Killer Tomatoes

This B-rated Horror/Comedy/Spoof is a campy movie with an implausible premise:  Tomatoes become public enemy No. 1 when they turn murderous, preying on humans. 

Enough said.   If you rent it . . . you are on your own.  Watching it does NOT come with a money back guarantee ~ not from me, anyway.

What about ANTs?  Could ANTs become Public Enemy No. 1?  Absolutely.

ANTs are Automatic Negative Thoughts which arise  unbidden when we confront situations similar to those we have faced before:

* I can’t lose weight ~ I am destined to be fat.

* I’m no good at sports ~ no wonder no one wants me on their team.

* I can’t give a speech in front of a group of people ~ I get too nervous.

Our ANTs lie to us daily, filling us with self-doubt rather than encouraging us to see how awesome and groovy we are . . . for good reason.

Our brains have so many thoughts streaming through at the speed of light they would crash if we could not rely on stored information about related subject matter to fill in gaps about the subject at hand. 

It’s an automatic, sub-conscious process that dates back to the time when woolly mammoths roamed the Earth.   

When confronted with an enormous beast, there were only a few critical pieces of information the caveman’s brain wanted ~ it didn’t have time to play “21 Questions” (or sit down for a game of BlackJack).

It needed to know, as quickly as possible, answers to two questions: 

Is it a carnivore, an omnivore, or an herbivore?” 

Is it hungry?” 

Even though the days of cavemen and sabre-tooth tigers are long gone, our ANTs encourage us to be conservative as we move through our daily lives,  following the cautious maxim:  Once bitten, twice shy.

What happens when we listen to our ANTs? 

Our list of fears and feelings of self-doubt grows longer and longer with each passing year ~ shrinking the pool of opportunities we could choose to pursue if we ignored our ANTs. 

As noted by Robin Sharma, in The Top 200 Secrets of Success and the Pillars of Self-Mastery:  

Although the chance of stubbing your toe increases the more you walk, it is always better than going nowhere by standing still.”

An easy way to drown out a few of your ANTs is to repeat the mantra used by The Little Engine That Could as it chugged over the mountain-top:

I think I can.  I think I can.  

Quote:  Don’t believe everything you think! ~ Bumper Sticker

Aah . . . that’s better!

Related post:  Using Stereotypes to Your Advantage (My Literary Quest) * Limiting Beliefs (Think Simple Now) * You Are NOT Your Brain (Always Well Within)


1. Richard - March 22, 2010

attack or is ti revenge of the killer tomatoes stars a very young George Clooney if i remember correctly ?

2. nrhatch - March 22, 2010
3. RichardWScott - March 22, 2010

I dunno. Something about ants… it just bugs me.


I agree with the post. What we hear most we believe. What we give the most attention to grows.

I was always amazed back in the days I worked for large companies. The people who got the greatest rewards and accolades were those who solved the biggest problems. Nobody noticed that these people had a vested interest in problems to solve.

I tried to acknowledge the people on my teams who didn’t HAVE problems. They just got the work done without the drama.

4. nrhatch - March 22, 2010

Sometimes the “drama queens” create problems for themselves . . . then get credit for solving them.

Life is so unfair. : )

5. Mandy Ward - March 22, 2010

I see ANTS all the time in the Workshop / Classroom. The kids try to do something – for instance cutting a piece of wood straight , it goes wrong and they are thereafter convinced that they are no good at Design Technology because they can’t cut wood in a straight line…

I’m having a few ANTS myself at the moment…

6. nrhatch - March 22, 2010

Call the Exterminator! Get rid of those ANTS. : )

There is so much emphasis put on being a “success” that we doom ourselves to failure ~ unwilling to put in the hard work necessary to master the challenges we face because we are afraid to make a mistake.

We just have to remember that we can NEVER fail . . . unless we give up and stop trying.

Thanks for your comment.

7. Joanne - March 22, 2010

Not to take anything away from the ANT metaphors posted here, but speaking of ants… I found a really practical and environmentally-safe way to rid them from my apartment when they started to show up with the rainy season, shortly after I moved in a few months ago…

Someone told me about using talcum powder and sprinkling or rubbing it along their path… I happened to have a small container of baby powder… I rubbed it into the wall, cutting the marching army off at the pass… I watched as they literally halted in their path, turned about-face and retraced their tiny antprints back the way they came…

Nancy, you can take it from here… Meditate on that tidbit of a practical tip for your next metaphoical blog on ANTS…

Oh, when the ANTS come marching in…
Oh, when the ANTS come marching in…
I don’t want to be a baby,
So, the pow(d)er’s my secret weapon.

Sprinkle on or rub it in…
The powder turns to power within
Soon your Automatic Negative Thoughts
Make you wish you were a baby again…

Sorry, but sometimes I just can’t turn CORNY off 😦

8. nrhatch - March 22, 2010

Sounds like a chart topper to me!


9. tsuchigari - April 8, 2010

Love it! It’s amazing what happens to people who give into negative thinking, it’s like they fold into themselves until there is nothing left. No pill is going to fix stinking thinking.

I haven’t thought of Attack of the Killer Tomatoes in ages!

10. nrhatch - April 8, 2010

When we conquer our ANTS . . . we have the confidence we need to conquer the world.

Loved your post today: http://myliteraryquest.wordpress.com/2010/04/08/fake-it-till-you-make-it/


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