Sunday, October 15, 2017

Feeling a puff of hope

Seuss famously wrote a graduation speech in the form of a book to address the ups and downs of life. 

You’ll come down from the lurch with an unpleasant bump. The chances are, then, that you’ll be in a slump. And when you’re in a slump, you’re not in for much fun. Unslumping yourself is not easily done. 

That’s for damn sure. Because when you’re slumping, it’s difficult to see past the downpour of negative thoughts. Your mind has convinced you that you’ve lost all faith in humanity, that life is a massive black hole of joylessness and despair, and that the impenetrable layer of black, icy futility known as your career is just a foregone conclusion. 

Good luck unslumping yourself with voices like that. 

When you feel that bitter, putting your life in perspective is no easy task. 

The good news is, although you can’t control the dark thoughts that pop into your head, you can choose which ones you give attention to and make grow and allow to have power over you. 

One tool I find helpful in unslumping myself is not only considering, but also calculating the big picture. The long arc game. The fact that whatever I’m going through right now, it’s ultimately a minor blip on the radar screen of life. 

Let’s say my slump lasts for six months. And I live to be eighty years old. Run the numbers, and that isolated period of time counts for exactly six tenths of one percent of my entire life. 

That’s like cutting a penny in half. 

What a relief. Visualizations like that help me feel a puff of hope. 

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