5 Ways to Be Miserable

Life is a rollercoaster of emotional highs and lows. (Even a few upside downs!) We hope to be on the upward climb more than the down, but odds are, there will definitely be downs. (Either from our own stupid decisions, or through no fault of our own.) How we react to the difficult down times dictate whether we will be happy or sad throughout the ride. (Notice how some on the ride enjoy every minute, and some are freaked out the entire ride?) If you want to be miserable definitely do these things:

1. Show No Gratitude
Don’t appreciate anything. Take all your personal gifts and Heavenly blessings for granted. (You probably don’t even acknowledge the existence of most of them anyway.) Look around and see nothing but boring nature. Assume you are entitled to everything, (because you deserve things just for breathing.) Never write a quick note of thanks for kind actions or thoughtful gifts given to you. Don’t ever say ‘thank you’ or be sincerely touched. Act nonchalant about every wonderful thing you have received.

2. Hold Grudges

Plant your hardened feelings deep inside. (Let them grow!) Don’t let anything go, and don’t think of what circumstance the other person is coming from or their life situation. Let foolish words spoken in haste fester, and make all the memories that could have been created together non-existent due to harbored grudges. Make sure to let the big angry confrontation or even the little off-handed offensive comment consume your every thought. Use every opportunity to rehash the situation with outsiders, and be sure to act over dramatic. Definitely don’t say, “I’m sorry.” (It really doesn’t matter who’s at fault.)

3. Pass the Buck

Assume zero responsibility for your actions. Discover and execute a way for someone else to take the blame. (Surely don’t throw them under a ‘green’ bus, that would be bad! Simon & Garfunkel reference.) Never take ownership of your faults and mistakes. Adopt the Bart Simpson mantra, “I didn’t do it. Nobody saw me do it. You can’t prove anything!” Also, don’t follow through with anything you are responsible for or promised to complete. You have better things to keep you occupied. (That show might not always be on Netflix.) If it’s more convenient, select the easy road. Make the simpler, enticing, or most fun choice even if the consequences may punish you in the end.

4. Think of Yourself

In all things, place yourself first. Do not ever consider the feelings of others. Selfishly make choices that only benefit you. Make a huge effort to impress others and improve your social standing. Do whatever it takes if it involves increasing your bank account. Pay no mind to other’s life struggles. Share a juicy story at every opportunity no matter the validity. (Start or perpetuate a grapevine rumor.) Jump to judgements without researching the back story. Be quick to take offense. Act holier than the Pope, and make sure everyone knows about it. Knock others down to increase your own esteem. Always respond with, “What’s in it for me” when asked to do a task or procrastinate until they go elsewhere.

5. Always Assume the Worst

Look on the dark side in every situation. Abandon hope and faith for gloom and doom. Things can only get worse. Don’t ever hope for the best, and don’t try because you can’t do any better. What you have is what will be, permantly. Tragic things happen to you all the time, and you probably deserve it. Life just hates you. Have a picked-on and bullied attitude. Bad luck must be your only luck. Stop trying, it’s not worth the effort. (Have some chocolate with that pained expression.)

This was incredibly difficult to write, because it goes against everything I believe. (Disclaimer: Don’t do these things!) It made me recall Stephanie in the tv show Full House. She always said, “How rude! 

I wanted to accentuate the worst actions of humankind to prove that we can be better. That rollercoaster symbolizes our wild ride and tests in this life. It’s easier to be our best when the ride is high. (Or is it?) But what about the low points? Can we ride out the lower dips, and not be a self-made Grinch? 

I have one word to conclude with: ATTITUDE. (Mic drop.)

Twister – Movie Monday 5/22/17

This movie is 20 years old this month! It has always been a favorite of mine and the older kids. (Maybe because I made them watch it with me!) I guess it’s just my pension for disaster movies. AMC was stuck on it this week, and showed it many times. After I watched it (or part of it) three or four times, I started striking similarities to my life.

We always thought the idea of flying cows was funny. (Kind of sick humor, but humorous nonetheless!) I guess when you work with cows daily it is amazing to see them in that light! (It was the comic relief, I’m sure no cows were injured in the filming of this movie.)

This group of stormchasers possessed a goal. A crazy goal for certain, but that is judged by the judge. They wanted to send Dorothy, and it’s little probes, up in a tornado to study how it functions. It’s good to have goals. They keep you centered in your life. They enable you to work towards something. Goals give you direction and purpose. I’ve got big goals right now. I just want to get back home. (Pass go, collect 200 dollars!) I want to walk again, too. I’m sure my normal will not be normal now, but I’m working to get as close as I can! If you don’t have a goal, sit down immediately and write one down. It can’t be something that will automatically happen. You’ve got to choose something you must work to achieve. (Believe you can achieve!)

There is a shared feeling, between the movie and many of us, that bad things only happen to yourself. Whether it is a tornado or stroke or car problem, we all feel picked on by fate at times. We look through our little looking glass, and assume that our circumstance is the worst ever. (Poor pitiful me!) But take a panoramic look at the world around you. As you enter your warm protective home, or call a friend on your hand-held computing device, or peer into into your over-flowing closet, remember how blessed you are. (First world problems.) I know, personally, with all my current setbacks, I could have it worse! I am convinced ‘worse’ is in the eye of the beholder. Step outside yourself, shake off the pride and selfishness, and become aware of others.

We have people in our lives to lean on. I have learned, through my trials, we all have been blessed with a circle of family and friends that buoy us up when we’re down.

To me, the stroke was disastrous as a twister. We all have our disasters. They leave our world in shambles. What we do with that disaster is what changes it from a devastation to an opportunity for growth. (Like turning lemons into lemonade!)

Love is Patient

Love Challenge – Love is patient. 

I have seriously learned patience during the long, slow recuperation from this stroke (except with wheelchair, I like to go fast. Get out of my way!) Everything takes time and it is not a speedy thing. There have been times I’ve had to wait and wait on my help and myself. (Try eating with your non-dominant hand!) My recovery is going to take time. Patience seems like a trait only the saints have. But patience can be acquired by anyone. It only takes understanding. You must understand the other person and what they are experiencing. Patience is not thinking of yourself. How you act and what you do while you’re waiting defines you. Do you huff and puff and growl under your breath while you wait? Or do you just do something else to kill time (multi-task) and show some simple understanding? (That’s what smart phones are for!) I know there may be times that your schedule is crunched, and your patience is pushed to the limit. This is the time you need to re-evaluate your habits, or perhaps wake up earlier. There are emergencies that are unforeseeable (last-minute projects or reset alarm clocks,) but usually those times that increase your blood pressure can be avoided with a little planning and preparation. Patience can additionally be shown to those in need through love with long suffering. Lending a helping hand is not usually a quick notion. Those who give me love and service are so incredibly patient. I appreciate it so much!