It ain’t you & it ain’t me.
Amidst what we are doing, what we need to do, what we forgot to do and everything in between, it is easy to become consumed in our own lives. Our brains are always ten steps in front of our feet, and during those times we fail to observe what is happening around us. Like any other human being this happens to me, especially in certain stressful [as fuck] situations.
However, thanks to a new way of thinking it happens less frequently. When I have it in my mind that the world around is crumbling to the ground I think:
1. Get your head out of your ass.
2. You’re not the only person who has ever had a struggle.
3. What do you have? [as opposed to what you’re lacking]
4. Okay, now go hug your stuffed Pooh Bear.
I’ll focus in on number three for a hot second. In such ‘dire’ circumstances I list everything that went right about that day–everything that is worth reminding myself of. What did I accomplish? How did I affect people positively? Will today be memorable for someone else because of something I did? What do I have to look forward to? What can I accomplish right in this moment?
Of course the questions are dependent on the situation. Nonetheless, these are valid questions to ask yourself.
Now lets focus in on number four: everyone needs a stuffed Pooh Bear. ʕ•ᴥ•ʔ
There is also a whole other side to this which consists of blowing things out of proportion because you act as though the world revolves around you–because you wouldn’t actually verbalize that you think the world revolves around you…right?
The world does not revolve around you nor anyone else.
“My struggles are no greater than the next person’s.”
These words came from someone battling a terminal illness for over 3 years.
Talk about perspective.
“There is not one person in this world that is not cripplingly sad about something. You remember that before you open your mouth.”
And for the record, the ♁ revolves around the ☼
[a lovely view from Mars to help with your perspective]