Thursday, September 20, 2012
Have you ever wondered why it seems so easy to lose motivation, get discouraged, become downtrodden and unhappy? At first glance it might appear that life is mostly negative, full of unpleasantness and grief; what with all the suffering and unhappiness in the world, the idea is easy to believe. But it’s not true. You might wonder though, why does the negative seem to get more attention? I would say it’s force of habit. Really! Think about your day-to-day life. Does your car break down every day? Does your cat run away all the time? Does your girlfriend break up with you repeatedly and often? Well, unless something is seriously wrong in your life, none of those things happen with enough frequency to truly be a daily event. The emotional impact, however, is significant, and that is why you dwell on it.
This morning, for no reason at all (actually there is a mechanical reason), my car decided to not start. What a pain in the ass, right? My daughter had to get to school, I had to get to work, and we both didn’t have time for this kind of inconvenience. Fortunately, we only live seven blocks from school, so I walked her there and we were only about five minutes late. I’m pretty mechanical minded and I figured my car battery was dying, so I got a jump start and the car was off to the races, sort of speak. Actually I was right off to the auto repair shop. While driving, I realized that even though this whole scenario was a royal pain, it wasn’t the norm in my life. That’s why it was so bothersome, because it was so outside the norm. Now, my car requires maintenance and repair on occasion, some planned, some obviously not so planned. So I just have to deal with it. For the majority of the time, I get in, turn the key and drive away. So why don’t I get a giant euphoric feeling of joy every day the care works properly? Well, it’s because I expect the car to function properly.
You see, events in our lives that are unexpected, emotionally jarring, either positively or negatively make an impression. They have meaning because they wake us up from our malaise, that fog we hypnotize ourselves with. In a way that dazed phase of distraction is a good thing. It allows us to follow a routine we need to cope. But, and it’s a big but, that distraction can also make it harder to deal with the negative when it comes along, give it false power and significance. Don’t let that happen.
Remind yourself that for every time your car breaks down, or your dog runs away, there are days, weeks, even months in a row where good, positive things happen, because you planned for them, make the right decisions and stuck with it. Life’s curving and winding roads are a test. Don’t let them distract you and become negative. Each bump in the road is a chance to regain focus. Remember, staying focused will help direct you on your life’s mission. So, keep your eyes on the road!
Thanks for reading. Comments and questions are welcome.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Disappointment is unavoidable
Things don’t always go according to plan. Sometimes, things go so far off course you wonder how the heck it ever got so bad. Even with all your planning and preparation, everything is just Fubar. So what do you do with that sort of disappointment? How do you handle it? I mean, it’s not like you missed the opening three minutes to a movie, or missed out on the opening pitch of a ball game. Sure, those things can be a disappointment too, but when the weight of being disappointed gets really heavy, when it turns into a load you feel you are forced to carry, there’s got to be something you can do, right? If you don’t change your perspective on it, that disappointment can become regret, and regret is a far worse burden to bear.
At every stage of a person’s life, they must deal with disappointment. This was very evident to me yesterday thanks to my daughter. She had plans to play with a friend after school on Thursday; she was excited and looking forward to it all week, then at the last minute, plans changed because of unforeseen circumstances and the play time had to be altered. She was crestfallen. For a kid, play time is serious business and when it gets disrupted, watch out! I was sad for her, but we played ball together and I tried to show her that even though she was disappointed, directing her energy and focus somewhere else was healthy. For an eight year old, that’s not the easiest thing to do. But it’s never too early to learn how to cope. It’s never too early to try new techniques and develop skills to redirect that negative energy of disappointment into something positive.
Directing Your Energy
I’ll admit, I have wasted a lot of time being disappointed and feeling sad for myself. It’s natural and we all do it. I think allowing yourself just a little bit of time for feeling sad and downtrodden is alright. I mean we can’t just ignore all the negative and pretend it doesn’t affect us. But after a certain point, we have to let go of that sadness and disappointment or it festers. Allowing one negative thought after another to distract us lays a foundation of negativity that only feeds on you and grows stronger. If you find yourself mired in negative thoughts, chase each one with a positive one; one you know to be a fact. Remind yourself of that fact and then let the negativity go. Carrying that baggage around with you only slows you down and you don’t want that. All that time and energy you dump into feeling sorry for yourself and feeding that negative energy is time you could be challenging yourself to improve and carry out your mission.
You don’t have to be successful in quelling your inner demons on the first try. In fact, it may take you several if not hundreds of tries to defeat those negative thoughts. Disappointment happens, but it doesn’t have to dominate your mind frame. Continue to try, and always go back to trying, no matter how many times you fail. Redirecting your energies into the positive will become a habit. Once you’re habitually thinking positively, you might find things to be brighter than you once believed.
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