Life Smacked Me, But It’s O.K. … I’m Pacing Myself

23 Jul

“We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves strong. The amount of work is the same.” —  Carlos Castaneda


My light bulb moment right there. The weird thing was I saw the quote while exiting a parking lot. There I was stuck in the heat waiting my turn to leave the bank and I saw the sign. Sometimes it’s the most random places where a life lesson smacks you in the face.

I wasn’t even prepared for it, but there it was, and I was happy for the reminder. Sometimes with all the drama going on, you wonder when you’re going to get a good day. But then you get this wisdom thrown at you and it alters your perspective. Even in a bank parking lot.

It keeps you in check … The universe  is conspiring to teach you something, so I was trying to listen.

Being emotionally drained takes a lot of recovery on your part and a lot of chocolate. So why not change all that recovery process and spin it into positive effort — proactive energy — that makes your life stronger and better.

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Being miserable sucks. Depression sucks. Having periods of malaise sucks. I’ve had them all. Most of the time these things are under your control, but when they’re not … that’s when it becomes difficult, frustrating and infuriating. But life, miserable or not, keeps going and so should you.

The quote reminded me of my Happiness Project and I was thankful I created one. I was thankful I was taking steps to change my Guat existence. I was thankful I came across Rubin’s book. I guess the universe was reassuring me that I was on the right path. I might not be seeing instant Mary Poppins results, but I’m pacing myself. Slow and steady …


11 Responses to “Life Smacked Me, But It’s O.K. … I’m Pacing Myself”

  1. adinparadise July 24, 2012 at 12:27 AM #

    That quote is so very true. I believe that we can choose to be miserable or happy, in spite of our circumstances. It’s all about how we react to what life throws at us, isn’t it? Have a great day, TG. 😉

    • The Guat July 24, 2012 at 12:32 AM #

      Yeah sometimes I get crazy angry with the pitcher whose throwing these curve balls at me 🙂 But I’m a pretty good athlete … Have a good one yourself …thanks for stopping by 🙂

  2. TBM July 24, 2012 at 1:03 AM #

    I love when I have these moments. I feel like my life gets back on track. Negative thoughts and energy can pile up without us noticing. Good luck with your project!

    • The Guat August 1, 2012 at 10:23 AM #

      I found this comment on spam…don’t know why. But thanks for the encouragement. You know your 50 year project was a springboard 🙂 I’ll keep you posted

  3. The Wanderlust Gene July 24, 2012 at 1:40 AM #

    That sounds like a better idea than the unrealistic Mary Poppins scenario! 🙂

  4. allaccesspass July 24, 2012 at 4:44 AM #

    Isn’t it funny how so often we see or hear exactly what we need to at exactly the right time?

    • The Guat July 25, 2012 at 10:04 PM #

      Duuuuuude my sentiments exactly. It had to be a sign.

  5. lameadventures July 24, 2012 at 6:37 AM #

    That’s great that you eyeballed such a profound quote while exiting a parking lot. Usually the only signs I notice are Stop, No Exit and Do Not Enter — coincidentally the three rules of my life.

    • The Guat July 25, 2012 at 10:02 AM #

      That’s such a great line! I wish I would have thought of it … I was too amazed by the quote. 🙂

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