A friend’s grandmother died recently. At the graveside service, family members were memorializing this 95-year-old lady who had quite a life. Of course, plenty of people were saddened by the loss. But my friend’s little girl asked if she could say a few words. At the side of the grave, while all was still, she piped up in a clear voice saying “don’t be sad because it’s over, be glad because it happened.”
I am unsure whether this child recognized that this was a famous Dr. Seuss quote or she just decided that it made sense on her own. Either way, when an 8-year-old has this type of perspective, I’m reminded that I can do the same. I can look at the glass half empty or half full, the silver lining or the grey cloud. I can bemoan what I don’t have or write a gratitude list for that which I do. I can say thanks for what’s in front of me and the things yet to come. Because whether life is doling out lemons or lemonade, my attitude and perception of what’s going on around me is going to determine how the day turns out.
Take a minute during the week to adjust your attitude and perception so you can see the good in everything. And when things don’t go just right, keep in mind “this too shall pass.” The grey will eventually clear up and those blue skies might be right around the corner. Don’t let a bad mood get you so down in the dumps that you miss ‘em.