Since I was young, I have enjoyed reading greeting cards – good ones. I was drawn to the experience of saying what you want in the fewest amount of words. Poetry can be like that, but not always.
Part of what I enjoy about facebook is the same – saying what you want in the fewest number of words. I enjoy small posts that contain a large amount of wisdom and/or humor. I appreciate the small things that I can remember and use in a life situation.
(One that I’ve been muttering to myself has been “I’m so tired from having to control myself, I need a nap!” – lol!)
This weekend was an emotional shipwreck. I don’t know if it was planet alignment, the meteor dragging its own moon, the tornadoes in the heartland or hormone fluctuations, but it was a wreck.
Something that I remembered from a post became a piece of driftwood that I could grab hold of and keep my head above water in the swiftly moving current.
It was a quote from Carlos Castaneda:
“We can make ourselves miserable or we can make ourselves strong; it takes the same amount of effort”.
If the quote had said something like ‘we can make ourselves miserable or happy’, I wouldn’t have remembered it – not useful. But to name the alternative as ‘strong’ made it very helpful.
When the chatter was starting in my head, I could grab hold and ask myself the question – miserable or strong? Same amount of effort? No brainer!
‘Strong’ in that moment might look like ‘grieve the loss’ or ‘what can I do?’ or ‘stop yammering and do the dishes’.
Made it thru the weekend, got lots done, had some fun and it finally rained!!!