For most of our lives, we have things happen to us (some good and some not) and we just move through it as if we are invincible. Makes sense. We feel invincible. We aren’t thinking about having less years looking forward, than backwards.
As I’ve gotten old(er) the s** doesn’t affect me or cause me to worry any more or any less, than I used to. But, what I am able to do is stop and examine the s*** that is happening. I allow myself to experience the pain of the “negative” and the joy of the “positive.” Or, does there come some positive from the negative?
Winston Churchill once said, “When I look back on all these worries, I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which had never happened.”
For some people, the s*** in life causes them to complain more – it becomes a way of life. The complainers, want to change the past and plan the future. It’s this search for happiness that causes them to miss the present moment.
For others, the s*** causes them to look around and appreciate what is happening. I. The. Moment. Life is hard for everyone. It’s not supposed to be easy. But some people can move through it a bit more gracefully.
I appreciate the s*** in my life. It never feels good. But it means I’m alive. I’m here. I’m experiencing life. The only time you stop having s*** happen, is when you die. Morbid, but true.
I intend to appreciate the good and the not-so-good. Only I can create a better future for myself and others. Today I reminded myself, as I try to do most days, not to chase the future, but to just enjoy today!