MONDAY FORTUNE COOKIE, 8/20/12
“A light heart carries you through all the hard times.”
SNARKY RESPONSE: But a bottle of vodka will make you completely oblivious. Okay, so diving into a bottle is NOT a viable option, but this IS the snarky section, right?
The Fortune Cookie Guru needs a reality check. This reads like an oxymoron to me. Light heart/hard times? I would love to think that I could do this, but if my heart was light, the times couldn’t possibly be that hard, could they? And if the times ARE that hard, how do I make my heart light? Denial might work, but it isn’t useful.
Perhaps it’s more about letting go of the attempt to control your life and trust that your higher power will get you through. (I make no stipulation as to what form your higher power might take, just that you trust it.) This is something that I’ve found amazingly comforting and empowering.
Additionally, metaphysics and religion aside, when facing “hard times, ” I recognize that while there are things I cannot change, I CAN change how I react to them. Okay, I admit I might spend a little time being angry, terrified, or overwhelmed, but then I try to edge back from that ledge and take a long view.
I’ve been a very fortunate person in my life in that I’ve always managed to work my way through my “hard times” so far, knock wood. Perhaps that is the nugget of gold in this:
If you’re having hard times right now, I send you love and light AND the certainty that you will get through it.