Cancer now joined the other elements, a new brutal force I wasn't prepared for. Soon I was thinking that I wanted to adopt some goats. Goats felt like the answer.  
Auto-Thoughts are the first of the markers. Markers show you what you can't immediately see.
Thoughts we tell ourselves in an automatic, rote way.
Thoughts that have been repeated so many times, they are now accepted as true. We may have done this repeating, or it may have come from others. (Examples: "Being alone is terrible." or "Money is the root of all evil.")

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