Monday, June 4, 2012

Taking the good with the bad

Have you ever noticed how some people  are fine and happy when things are going great for them, but completely fall apart when things are not going great or just as they planned or expected.

That is life!

I am amazed at this mentality. Life is all about taking the good with the bad, there is no other way around it.

I do not care how good of a person you are, bad things are going to happen to you. What matters  is how you react to those bad things as that makes up who you are, and who you will become.

Chuck Swindoll wrote that life is about 10% of what happens to you and 90% of how you react to it. It’s so true. It goes back to the old saying, when you are handed lemons, make lemonade. Some of us do that, others prefer to suck on the lemons and blame the world for their sour faces.

Life is about choices. It is your choice on what you do with the lemons, but please do not blame the rest of us if you choose to suck on them!

I look to nature for many of my life’s questions and usually find the answers. It seems so simple to me that I do not understand why more do not do this.

Animals know that they have to take the good with the bad. Watch a red- tailed hawk soar and float on the wind. I dream to be able to fly like that. That is the good.

That bird is looking for food that he may or may not find to eat that day, maybe for a couple of days. That’s the bad.

What the red-tailed hawk could not do is sit in a tree waiting for his food to walk up to him and get to just soar up in the sky strictly for pleasure. He would die.

 He must leave his nest and his chicks to hunt for his food with no guarantees that he will find any when they are hungry. That is taking the good with the bad.

 There are a million other examples like that in nature. Animals live off their instincts to survive. It would benefit humans greatly if we used a bit more of our instincts and not listen to what the rest of the world is telling us we should be doing.

All that does is make us feel that there is something wrong with us when we get some bad with or without our good. It is perfectly natural and part of life to get one, the other, or both.

Listen to your gut, head and heart. They are smart, and are right so many times.

Next time you are upset about something bad that is thrown your way, look around at the good you have. You have the choice to either suck on the lemons and make a sour face,  or  be grateful for what you have, and use those lemons to make a big glass of lemonade with extra sugar if necessary.

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