Tuesday, 27 November 2012

"This too shall pass": the power of positivity.

As some of you may know, my fortune in the health department over the past month or so has been, well, unhealthy. Due to my inability to do anything active and my complete lack of hobbies that aren't sports, I spent an unnerving amount of time inside my head. In this seeming eternity, I discovered a few things about a few things.

First, it is absolutely impossible to do completely nothing and keep your mind blank... and can someone please explain this to my doctor? It CANNOT BE DONE.

Secondly, it is absolutely impossible to be positive all of the time. Even if you are the kind of person who eats rainbows and sunshine for breakfast.

Lastly, you cannot even attempt to be positive without a little help. This, my friends, is where your friends come in. Your support network. What is that? You might ask. It is comprised of the people who are there to believe in you when you can't believe in yourself.

"A friend is someone who knows the song in your heart and can sing it back to you when you have forgotten the words." - Bernard Meltzer
 These people are your "phone a friend" lifeline in Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?: Life Edition. Don't worry, I'm not going to rhyme off a bunch of stupid clich├ęs about friendship (except the quote that I just rhymed off... and the one right before that).

The moral of the story is that sometimes life makes you eat a big sh*t sandwich, maybe even several of them. Sometimes life's bad, AND it sucks. On those days, above all, lean on the people who are either going to a) tell you to stop being a baby and change out of the big underpants that you've worn for 5 days, b) split the sh*t sandwich in half and help you eat it, or c) sit in the life ER with you after you've eaten the sh*t sandwich and wait by your side until you've been seen by the doctor.

For example, an awesome note from Dad last week.
With this, I encourage everyone to think about a few things ... Who is on your "phone a friend" list? Do they know that they are? If not, let them know. It will make their day AND it will prepare them for the inevitable shi*t burger that they'll have to eat with you at some point down the road. Who's list are you on? If you aren't sure, are there a few people that you should reach out to and say, "HEY, when the golden arches of life hand you a McSh*t, I'll share it with you"? 

Take a moment inside your head and do a few loads of life laundry. In the long run, it will pay off for you and for the people you love.

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