No matter how many disappointments I have in life, I’m still not that great at dealing with them.
I go through my day afterwards, looking a bit vague as I have those ‘what if’ conversations in my head!
You know all about that head-chat, I’m sure! You go ’round and ’round, thinking about the things you could’ve done differently, the cool or smart things you could have said, the dumb things you actually did say…
Thank goodness for all those fabulous, uplifting quotes, truisms and other isms (optimism springs to mind). Most involve picking yourself up, dusting yourself off and moving on. Like these:
- When one door closes, another door opens – or a window. Usually high up and small, and you’ve got to scramble through. But it’s there.
- When opportunity knocks at the front door, don’t be out the back looking for four leaf clovers. Or sitting on bees. Which also like clover.
- If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Except if you’re a stalker. Then you should stop.
- Failure is not in falling down, it’s in not getting up again. But if you’re 25 metres from the marathon’s finish line and you’ve collapsed with dehydration, don’t feel bad when they bring the stretcher. (PS. For me it would be 25 metres from the start line)
- If you’re going through hell, keep going. Also when walking on hot coals.
- Face the sun, so the shadows fall behind you. But don’t forget the sunscreen.
- Experience is the toughest teacher because she gives the test first, and then the lesson. Is it playtime yet?
- Only those who risk going too far can possibly know how far they can really go. This is really annoying when you miss the exit on the freeway and end up at Gympie.
I’ll leave you with these wise words from Yoda: “Do or do not there is no try.”
My case I rest.