I’m in a profound mood today. It doesn’t last long, thank heavens. My pithy thoughts for the day:
Life happens to everyone.
The PITA, the one person in a group who makes me grit my teeth, the obnoxious soul who seems to go out of her way to be obnoxious either has already had some pain in her life or is going to be the recipient of it. Everybody does. A little bit of compassion is never amiss, even when it’s not deserved.
Never measure yourself against anyone.
That way leads to madness. Somebody is always going to be better than me in some ways. How much better to measure me against me.
Forgive yourself for screwups in the past.
Every day I say the words, “For heaven’s sake, Karen, let it go. It was XXX years ago!” I’m still beating myself up about mistakes I made, things I said. I’m trying to cure myself of that.
All we have is now.
The future really doesn’t exist. It’s a time construct to help us plan and humans love to plan. All I really have is now, so I need to make the most of it.
Joy is a choice.
I can choose to be happy or choose to be sad, angry, self-pitying. Every morning it’s a choice. Sometimes it’s easy. Sometimes it’s harder.
Fear isn’t all bad.
Fear keeps me safe. Fear motivates me. Fear is the great wakeup call that says, “You better pay attention to this.” But as helpful as fear can be, I don’t want to visit with him all that often.