Friday, May 18, 2012

You Might As Well Laugh

On Fridays over here a group of people who love to throw caution to the wind and just write gather to share what five minutes buys them. Just five minutes. Unscripted. Unedited. Real.
Your words. This shared feast.
If you have five minutes, we double dog dare you to spend it writing here at TheGypsyMama.

1. Write for 5 minutes flat – no editing, no over thinking, no backtracking
2. Link back here and invite others to join in.
3. Please visit the person who linked up before you & encourage them in their comments.


 PERSPECTIVE
There are a lot of frustrations where we live.  The power goes off frequently.  The internet is slow and we've recently gone through a period where we don't even have internet for hours and even days at a time.  Interruptions are frequent.  There are no easy fixes and every thing takes more time than you think it should.

At lot of what happens makes for good stories.....later.  While it's happening, though, it is just plain old frustrating.  So I've discovered that how I handle frustrating circumstances depends a lot on my perspective.  I've learned several things.

One is that "If I'm going to laugh about it later, I might as well start laughing now."  If this is going to be a funny story a week from now, I might as well just relax and try to get through it with my sense of humor intact.

The other thing that helps my perspective is to remember that the world doesn't revolve around me and that God is still in charge.  He says, "When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider:  God has made the one as well as the other." (Ecclesiastes 7:14)

And the final thing that helps my perspective is, How important is this going to be an hour from now?  a day from now?  a year from now?  in eternity?  Is it really important that I'm stuck in traffic when I need to go to a meeting?  Is it really important that my bread is ruined because the power went off right when I put the dough in the bread machine?  Does it really matter that I got interrupted when my goal was to finish going through my in-box before the end of the day? 


One of the places in our city where it is easy to lose my perspective!
Perspective.....how I look at the situation helps my attitude in dealing with it.

1 comment:

justbebeth said...

I so appreciate your perspective. "If I'm going to laugh about it later, I might as well start laughing now." Great words to live by. Thanks!