We all know that life is full of ups and downs. People tell us that all the time. But yet, sometimes there are so many downs that an up feels nowhere in sight.
And when that happens, what are we supposed to do? I mean…all the inspirational quotes give us clues…be in the moment, have faith, be kind to yourself. And yes. Those are all true. But what else can we do?
This question was asked by a reader “John” who wrote in:
“How does one keep from getting jaded by the negative events in his/her life?”
And this is such a great questions. When it rains, it pours. And sometimes it feels like life is pouring for way too long of a time. What are we supposed to do then?
The first thing that came to my mind is perspective. I define perspective as the glasses we wear through which we are currently viewing our life. In this question, I’m going to assume that “John” views his circumstances as “negative.” That whatever is happening for him feels like something bad or undesirable. And as long as he is wearing “negative” glasses, everything is going to look and feel that way.
Sometimes in our lives “negative” things have positive outcomes later on. And thus, aren’t actually negative. It’s the way we view them that makes them that way.
So perhaps, the next time you’re feeling jaded about the “negative” things in your life, try on some different glasses. See the lessons or beauty in whatever is happening. And even if it seems so impossible to fathom, beauty is everywhere.
A hard situation may cause personal growth. Or may bring you closer to an old friend. Or may challenge you to draw on strength you never knew existed. Or maybe it’s just setting you up for something amazing to happen in the future. We never know. But what we do know, is that as long as we’re wearing “negative” glasses, life will look that way.
My challenge for John and for all of us is to try on some different glasses this week. Different ways of viewing our lives. And don’t just fake try…really try. Ok? (Cuz I’m watching you and I’ll know the difference).
Leave a comment below and let us know: Have you ever had this experience? Do you agree? What glasses are you currently wearing? And what glasses would you like to try on?
I’ll start…I’m currently wearing “I’ll never have what I want” glasses. And I’d like to try on “I’m already creating my ideal life in everything I do” glasses. Whew…that feels better.
Now you go.
*These are my “life is an adventure” glasses.
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