Posts Tagged: happiness
When life hands you lemons you have a choice. You can, as they say, make lemonade, or, you can cut the lemons in half and squeeze the juice in life’s eyes!
We all react differently.
Personally I have a problem with any revenge based action. I usually freefall into despair for a while and then just before hitting rock bottom tend to step back, dry my eyes and make a plan to sort things out. I suppose that’s the delayed lemonade approach.
I have friends, though, whom I would definitely put into the ‘juice in their eyes’ camp. Their mantra of “I’ll show ’em” works just as well in the short term. The real issue here is what is the ultimate outcome of the action.
“You are always a valuable, worthwhile human being – not because anybody says so, not because you’re successful, not because you make a lot of money – but because you decide to believe it and for no other reason.”
We were emailed this story recently and thought it was just too good not to share.
Recently, in a large city in Australia, a poster featuring a young, thin and tanned woman appeared in the window of a gym. It said, “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?” A middle-aged woman, whose physical characteristics did not match those of the woman on the poster, responded publicly to the question posed by the gym.
To Whom It May Concern,
Whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, sea lions, curious humans). They have an active sex life, get pregnant and have adorable baby whales. They have a wonderful time with dolphins stuffing themselves with shrimp. They play and swim in the seas, seeing wonderful places like Patagonia, the Bering Sea and the coral reefs of Polynesia. Whales are wonderful singers and have even recorded CDs. They are incredible creatures and virtually have no predators other than humans. They are loved, protected and admired by almost everyone in the world.
We could all do with a bit more money in the bank, a house with more space or a faster, more reliable car. And when we are constantly being bombarded with adverts it’s easy to get hung up on the things we DON’T have rather than be grateful for what we DO.
So, when money is tight, or business isn’t exactly booming, it’s worth remembering that many of the best things in life are free! And to get you started here are some of my personal favourite reasons to be cheerful!
“I’ve just got SO much to do!”…….sound familiar?
Saying no can be really hard….but sometimes you just need to.
I don’t know if you are anything like me, but I find it incredibly difficult to say no to people. There are several reasons for this; I am flattered to be asked, I enjoy helping other people, and finally I just struggle to find the words to say no, fearing I am going to upset somebody. The result of this is that I end up with too much to do in too little time, running around like a headless chicken, a seemingly endless list of ‘must do today’s’ and feeling resentful towards those who I am trying to help. This happens as much in my personal life as when dealing with work and that can end up compromising time with my family not to mention any valuable ‘me’ time disappearing!