One day recently I was overwhelmingly stressed about a whole lot of very insignificant crap. It was just one of those days. The proverbial glass was not only half empty, but I literally spilled what was left all across my desk before I even had breakfast! And it was all downhill from there. But in the midst of everything whirling through my frazzled brain, I had a thought – a thought about some of the amazing bloggers I follow who have real stressors in their lives. Big things, like surgeries and job changes and health concerns and relationship problems. Yet through it all they are remaining positive and cheerful and moving forward with a glass half-full or even over-brimming. And staring back at me from the front page of the newspaper was a women who had lost all four limbs to sepsis and yet she was choosing to have a positive outlook on her life even as she struggled with the most basic of tasks. And in my mind I saw me raising my open palm and slapping it against my forehead, saying, “Duh Karen.” Life is good. I need to remember that the current crap really is all small stuff, and not to sweat it.
And instead of working out my frustration by gnashing my teeth over and over again on shredded wheat cereal, I need to find another way of handling the stress. Like sitting here and writing. Because as I wrote these words I imagined chocolate. And how much I wanted it in the moment. Like a salve. And I’d like to say that after drafting this post I made it through the rest of my very rotten day without any emotional eating. I can’t because I didn’t. I had a little victory over chocolate:) But later I succumbed to something else instead. Can’t remember what even. But it doesn’t matter anymore. Much as all the crap that happened that day doesn’t matter anymore either. Or maybe it would be more accurate to say I put it in perspective. Life goes on. Life is good.
Happy Monday. Have a great day!