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“If it’s important to you, you will make the effort.”
About a year ago a friend of mine came across an interesting picture. She sent it to me as a challenge to see what, if anything, I could create with it (as we are both writers, the emphasis being on a story, or some other form of written word). So here is the picture, and my answer!
On the edge, a step before infinity, a cliff of possibilities
The path lay obscured
Round and winding, twisting back on itself
Shrouded in shade, or blinded by sunlight
Down one way and the paths beside you break like glass,
Fracturing tendrils spreading into mosaic
And at your feet is the same glass, threatening to cave under the weight of decision
Every action has a price,
Every inaction, a consequence
All paths lead to the same end,
But the difference is in how you get there,
How long it takes to reach the end,
What you choose along the way,
Who you inspire,
The fears you conquer,
The mistakes you make
Beneath your feet the glass cracks
All paths lead to the same end,
Now… How to get there?
“It takes Pride to stand up for what you believe in. And it takes Strength to accept the way of the world. But it takes Courage to change everything.”
--Kathleen (Katie) Barton 03/2008, revised 11/2014
Happiness is difficult. It isn't something you 'find'. No amount of 'seeking' will result in making you happy any more than ‘getting’ anything will.
It's a choice. One we make every day.
When the storm blows in and damages your vehicle beyond repair, will you still smile when the sun breaks through the clouds and disperses the storm before it levels your home? When you go to the grocery store at the end of a tough day at work, after having been yelled at for one thing or another by clients and your boss, are you going to notice the little boy as he says his first words to his parents? Or what of while you are at work, getting screamed at for the rules you didn’t make, and half to abide by and will be fired if you don’t follow them, but may be fired anyway for not breaking them to assist a client? After all that’s said and done, how will you see them if you realized that their whole world just fell apart after being diagnosed with something beyond their control? What about when your own world is rocked by the loss of one so important to you that even time cannot undo the damage to your soul?
Answers to these I cannot provide any more than another could for me. But every day, every moment is a choice. Will I be happy and content with what is before me now? Can I accept this, even with everything thrown in my face, stained in my heart, and scaring my soul?
We won’t always be able to answer “yes”. But that’s okay, isn’t it? The times you can’t be happy, then let yourself be sad. Cry like hell, scream and swear, stomp off, paint madly, lash out, or silently steam. Happiness needs a counterpoint. Something that gives the world its edge, making it worth living for, fighting for, and even dying for.
And if you can say it once, at least once, you can decide if it’s worth it.
Then say it again.
“Today, I choose to be happy.”
--Kathleen (Katie) Barton 11/15/2014
What do you do when life gives you lemons?
Here's a translation for you.
When life gets difficult and nothing is going well you can make lemonade, as in, make the most of the situation, and try to turn it into something good. You can make a lemon-grenade launcher, do something with the problem that might not be the best solution (no matter how funny). You can hurt someone. Or you can help someone. You can try to take care of everything all at once, or you can keep going the way you're going and not worry about it. You can even take that lemon and turn it into something that benefits the greater whole, instead of perhaps you, the individual. And lastly you can turn that lemon into something completely different, and perhaps, something grand.
So yes, you can make lemonade. Just don't forget, there are other options out there. Some good. Some not so good. However, the first step is always acknowledge what options are there.