Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Perspective


I once had a garden filled with flowers that grew only on dark thoughts.

But they needed constant attention, and one day I decided I had better things to do.

(Story People)

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See, something happened last week that threw me into a tail-spin.

Nothing major, but enough to make me feel umcomfortble and unsure of some things.

So, I walked around like I had a black cloud over my head.

And that black cloud brought more storms my way--minor storms, but still--wherever my tornado of a mood went, torrential rain and wind followed.

Until finally I quieted down and thought about it. All of it.

My mood, my perceptions, and my attitude. And I said ENOUGH.

I knew I couldn't change what was happening, but I could take responsibility for ME.

So I did. And I'm smiling again.

Amazing how that happens!

(image: sodahead.com)

23 comments:

Jen Daiker said...

We have dark days, what we do with them and how long they last is the key :)

Happy Tuesday! Hope you are well :)

Kelly said...

I'm so glad you could turn it around. That can be hard at times!
Keep smiling!

storyqueen said...

Attitude is everything....so choose a good one!

(I sometimes get those gardens, too....but I call them weeds....and weed them out!)

Take care.

Shelley

Maddy said...

I had one of those "dark cloud" weeks last week as well. I try to allow myself one "woe is me" day and then I try my best to some ownership and remind myself that I alwaya have choices. Feeling empowered, always makes me feel better. Glad this week is off to a better start for you and me :)

Clara said...

Absolutely brilliant!

Finding Beauty said...

Christine~ you are my inspiration! I struggle with this a lot and have to give myself a kick in the rear. Keep on keepin on girl!

Little Ms J said...

I like this. I do believe that we control so much of our emotions and reactions. It's just a matter of stepping away from them for a moment to gain some perspective.

Meredith said...

So great! I love how just deciding to smile and be happy can change everything. I hope everything's going well.

Stefanie Wass said...

Glad to hear that you are smiling again! :)

Anne said...

Ack. I know what you mean. It's so hard to shake frustration at times. I'm glad you gained control!

Lourie said...

I so needed this...still do. I am trying to come out of my own dark garden. I really like that analogy btw. Thanks for this. :)

Lindsay (a.k.a Isabella) said...

I hate those days. Glad you managed to get from under the black cloud. :)

Krispy said...

Boo to bad days, but it's amazing how much your attitude towards things can affect how it goes. Glad you turned it around!

Matthew Rush said...

Awesome. It's amazing sometimes how much positive thinking and an optimistic attitude can affect things.

Rachele Alpine said...

It was the closing of J Beth that bummed you out, right? Kidding! But I am glad that whatever it was is getting better...positive (and negative) thinking can be very powerful. Yay to doing lots of positive thinking right now!

K. M. Walton said...

Mindset is a powerful thing, that's for sure. I am glad you are in a better place, friend.

Lynda Young said...

I guess that's where the saying, "Mind over matter" comes from.

Melissa said...

It's all about attitude and the sort of energy we are putting out into the world - it draws the same sort of stuff back to us. (oh, if only mom saw me writing this!)

I'm sorry about whatever happened that had you feeling so down, but the fact that you've turned it around is just one of the reasons why I love coming to your blog.

<3

blueviolet said...

Is it really that easy to lift the black clouds? One has settled over my neighborhood this week and it's really a nasty one!

Stephen Tremp said...

Been there. I give myself sixty minutes to get it out of my system. Then its blue skies once again. Life's too short to let other people or circumstances control you.

And thanks for stopping by Matthew's blog today. Nice meeting you.

Shannon said...

Yep yep. =) It's not what happens to us, it's how we respond to it that matters.

Glad you're feeling better!

Pamela said...

That's powerful advice. I wish it could work on me but I don't know my triggers....

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Thank you, I need to work on this.