“You can’t let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones.” … Dale Earnhardt
Sometimes in this world … as the expression goes … “Shit happens” … but as Dale Earnhardt says you can’t let that little fact deter you from enjoying life. People … being who, what and where they are in their journeys … sometimes have less than stellar responses to the day-to-day triggers and events of their lives. When I run into these people and responses I ask myself: “Am I going to let their unhappiness, fears and/or worries determine how my day will proceed?”
I think that we’ve all had bad moments. I know that I surely have. Sometimes those bad moments string together and end up being a bad hour … day … week … well you get the picture. I have found that it’s at those times … probably more than at any other … that it’s really important for me to keep focused on the good stuff … even if that stuff exists only as memories that are tucked away inside of me.
Having traversed through The-Land-of-Challenging-Moments and having spent more than a few nights at the Hard Times Hotel I have learned that even if there seems to be an unending supply of Yuck I can always find at least one good thing to set my sights on. I have found that … for me … the simple act of focusing on the lifting-up-of-rocks-to-see-what’s-underneath and the searching for aforementioned happy-spots often makes the whole darn mess both easier to get through and more likely to improve.
These days my response to other people trying to unload their “bad moments” onto my shoulders is almost universally: “I’m truly sorry that you’re going through that but it’s not my stuff.” Having said that … I make sure to do at least a cursory survey to make sure that their issues really aren’t mine as well ~ so as to avoid tripping over any internal landmines later. All-in-all Miss Perky, Ms Sunshine and I are maintaining a pretty positive approach to life these days. We’ve been through the down times … we’re thrilled with the current times and Life assures us the upcoming times contain days of joy and excitement. Sounds good to me … after all … as Dale Earnhardt said: “You can’t let one bad moment spoil a bunch of good ones!”
Godspeed and Joyful Journeying Everyone!