I begin this post with a bit of trepidation. I have an unwritten rule about writing. I don't like negativity, nor do I want to use my space as a vehicle to spread it so the self imposed rule is no negative posts. Having said that I need to keep things real and sometimes the world is not all sunshine and roses. Sometimes life throws you a curve ball. The upside of that bump in the road is that if all goes as planned a lesson is learned and you come out the other side a much stronger person. I'm going with that and that's how we'll get past that self imposed negativity rule. I'll allow it this one time and balance it all out by focusing on the lesson and the strength that will come in the end.
Life is hard. Life is and has been very hard but I'm a whole lot tougher than the stuff that has come my way so it's all good. Life is difficult for everyone at times, you just have to keep on keepin' on as they say. There's no cryin' in baseball folks so just take a deep breath and keep moving. Not everyone thinks that way. Some folks let the hard times consume them, weaken them. Don't do it, it's a choice isn't it? It may not be a choice to fall on hard times but how you handle it is everything. When I've got a tough situation and I feel devastation moving in on me I just breathe and break it down into bite sized pieces. Whatever it takes to be able to focus on the issue at hand, deal with it and then move on to the next. Eat that elephant one bite at a time. If you lose it then nothing gets resolved and you end up with a bigger mess. Not everyone thinks that way but it works for me.
The world is chaos. It seems that so many people around me are having difficulty in one way or another. It's jaw dropping and scary to say the least. There are painful divorces, life threatening illnesses, death, failing business woes--all within my circle of close friends and family. In the community at large I see children being bullied, drug addictions, crime, homelessness and splintered family situations. Our country's politics are a mess. We have crazed people running around with guns shooting up clubs and schools and malls. There's just so much violence and killing--some on purpose and some by accident. The world has gone mad.
If you've read any of my prior posts you'll see my views on happiness and remember that my mantra is that your own happiness is a daily choice and you are 100% responsible for it . Some may wonder how I can "choose happiness" or be happy at all against this backdrop of unrest. I have to. Yes, that's right, I have to and so do you. To join the chaos or add to the negativity that surrounds me will only make matters worse. I can't give in or give up. This is life, this endless path of beautiful ugliness with it's soft hardness and smooth sharp edges that torments and delights is what the journey is all about. Take it all or take none of it. It's peaks and valleys, sunshine and rain, darkness and light--it's always been this way and it won't change so buckle up, suck it up, get strong and move forward.