“A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones” ~The Creator
The day my soon-to-be sister-in-law graduated from her Master’s program was a beautiful, sunny, spring day. The graduation ceremony took place outside on a freshly cut field and the liquid sun was shining down on us and row after row of grumpy people. Wait, did I say grumpy?
Ok, so, beautiful might be a matter of perspective—a perspective most of them did not share. It was sunny though. I mean, technically the sun was shining above those clouds that were dropping the “liquid sunshine” all over us. Wasn’t it nice that the grass was freshly cut?
As my family and I sat there with our umbrellas and ponchos, waiting in our little bubble of sunshine for the ceremony to start, I ruminated on the vast sea of stormy people around us. We were all stuck in the same boat and, to my knowledge, a weather machine has not yet been invented, so we were all going to have to accept that we had no control over the weather. What we all could control was how we chose to steer our minds.
When life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Don’t cry over spilled milk. That’s water under the bridge. Look on the bright side. You can curse the darkness or light a candle. We have so many sayings that remind us to let go of what we can’t control and focus on something positive. Why is this so hard for us to do this? Why do so many people choose not to?
Habits. We do what we are in the habit of doing, and changing habits takes real work. We cannot just wish them into beingThis . There are no magic genies. We have to practice them. We have to remind ourselves continually and intentionally. We have to change our perspective on mud.
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