Truthfully, I’ve been known to have a bit of a mental breakdown when life throws unexpected curves my way. When I go through a breakup, get in an argument with a friend or miss out on an opportunity I’m generally not the kind of person who can immediately plaster on a smile and trudge forward. In general I prefer to take a bit of time to grieve. Just a few days ago I encountered an unexpected curve in my life path…my initial reaction was tears (more specifically tears in the checkout line at Whole Foods as I rushed to pay and swiftly pushed my way through the busy parking lot and to my car so I could call Jordan). I felt like I was loosing something important to me even though what I’d lost wasn’t all that important to me to begin with.
In deflating life situations it can be natural to panic, however I’m working on maintaining a positive outlook. Spiraling into a whirlpool of disappointment is exhausting after all. It’s the Friday of Labor Day Weekend, I’m heading to my family’s cabin by beautiful Mt.Rainier, I have the sweetest (and naughtiest) puppy currently pulling at the princess canopy above my bed, an order from Goodnight Macaroon on its way to me and I just found out I was accepted as a coach for a girls’ 3rd-5th grade running club. Life is pretty spectacular regardless of the bumps in the road every so often.
I’ve never believed in fate or destiny. I certainly don’t live by the “everything happens for a reason” mentality, but I do believe that we create our own sunshine. I do believe that we can decipher good and discover meaning in almost every situation and though it isn’t my initial reaction to smile or whistle when I receive bad news, I do believe in treating yourself to fresh flowers and a decadent espresso drink. Smiling through pain may not be one of my strong suits, but seeing beauty through tears is and sometimes I think that sort of emotion can be just as important.
How do you maintain positivity and gratitude in a difficult situation? Do you have any tips or tricks for keeping the lively spring in your step or spark in your eyes?