Daily Short-hOPT: It Stops Raining

“Every time it rains, it stops raining. Every time you get hurt, you heal. After darkness there is always light…” – Marc and Angel Chernoff

 
I just read an outstanding article by Marc and Angel Chernoff. (Check it out here: 8 Things To Remember When Everything Is Going Wrong. Take a few minutes to read it. It’s worth the time. 

I wrote a blog post last night on my personal blog, The Joys of Panic and Anxiety. In it, I discussed what it’s like to deal with anxiety/panic disorder and how that makes it so difficult to maintain positivity. At the risk of sounding hypocritical, I present here why it’s imperative that we strive to do exactly that: find positivity and perspective. 

In the Chernoff post, what stood out to me most was their second point, Everything Is Temporary. I struggle with this. A lot. I have a tendency to get Chicken Little Syndrome when things get tough. As they so eloquently wrote, though: 

“Every time it rains, it stops raining. Every time you get hurt, you heal. After darkness there is always light – you are reminded of this every morning, but still you often forget, and instead choose to believe that the night will last forever. It won’t. Nothing lasts forever.”

It’s true, you know. I listened to 2Pac for years talking about how after the darkest night always comes a brighter day, but I’ve generally chosen not to believe it. Why, though? Think back to a hard time in your life. Is that issue still hanging around? What about an unfortunate situation beyond your control? Did it kill you? If you’re reading this, the answer is fairly clear. 

I don’t think I’m writing anything here that we don’t already know, but what is key is trying to figure out how to make it stick and work. I don’t have a magic answer for that, but I can only advise that you have to try. Believe that things will be better. Smile through adversity. Allow yourself to learn something even when things suck. 

It also doesn’t hurt to have people in your life that help you find and keep perspective. When you find those people, lean on them, and ask them this first question: is this truly a big deal? Follow that question up with: is there another way I could look at this? Often, having that conversation can help you figure our what’s worth stressing over, and what’s worth discarding. And, if you’re having a hard time discarding it, maybe it can help you get past it more quickly. 

I’ve presented this argument before, and I think it’s fitting here yet again: it’s important to find positivity because positivity leads to happiness. Happiness leads to a more fulfilling existence. The alternative would be the opposite of happiness, and that just sucks. 

So, get happy. 😎

Have an awesome Wednesday,
-A. 

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