A simple reminder

A few days ago I was in a wonderful mood.

The last two days, I could barely make myself get out of bed. All I wanted to do was sleep.

So what changed?

Was there some great tragedy in my life (or maybe another’s) that caused my mood to shift? Did I get some horrendous news? Was I sick? Did I eat something bad? Maybe the weather turned miserable?

In reality, nothing in my life has changed. The weather has been beautiful. No disasters happened that made a few days ago any different then yesterday. My diet has been my usual diet; I have had plenty of sleep (actually more than I need since I kept staying in bed). I feel as fine as someone who doesn’t get any regular exercise CAN feel. So why the mood shift?

The simple answer is … my perspective shifted. Something started me along a train of thought, a train that led to despair. I started seeing certain aspects of my life from the shadow side, and suddenly the beautiful became ugly. All because of a simple shift in perspective.

Silly isn’t it?

Yet we all manage to do this from time to time, if not in such a drastic way. The mind is a powerful tool. It can fool us into thinking that good is bad. I can make us believe we are wanting when we have all that we need. Yes the mind is a powerful tool!

So what did I do about it?

I changed my mind. I changed my perspective. I went outside with my camera, and looked for what I was missing. And found it.

I think a good bout of despair is actually healthy, as long as we don’t let it take over. It serves to remind us of the power we have over ourselves. I have said it many times before, and guess I needed a good reminder just now. Happiness is a choice. The hard part is not being happy, but remembering to make the choice to be.

I guess I was due for a reminder.

0 thoughts on “A simple reminder

  1. This is wonderfully said and so, so true. I too, sometimes fall into those “dark days” that are brought on by seemingly nothing. But of course, you’re right. They are important too. What is light without darkness? How would we be able to appreciate happiness without also knowing sadness? We need it all. We are made of it all. Thanks so much for the reminder! 🙂

  2. Remembering it is a choice is so important. There are so many choices we have to make, but making the choice to be happy is the most important. And if you can’t be happy, making the choice to be grateful for something always gets me started back on the less shadowy side of thinking.

    • Sometimes baby steps is the key. But ultimately we are the ones to choose either way 🙂 Sometimes it takes more effort, but the first step is always to choose to step.

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