Life is full of circles so we have good times, not so good times and horrible times. These last ones are the toughest and can do the biggest damage. There is this saying in my culture that a great farmer is preparing him self in summer for the winter and in winter for the summer. This raised a question for me: Should we prepare ourselves when we’re happy for the times when we might feel horrible?
I believe this is a two-way street. When we’re happy and we think about bad times, we might switch that happiness to a sh*tty state and it’s not helpful, especially if we’re considering some specific moments and we’re imagine those moments. This is not helpful at all. In the same time, if we have positive feelings, we have a positive mindset so we can prepare some great positive insights. For example, what if when we’re grateful about something we write that down on a small piece of paper so we can carry it around everywhere we go? What if we’re going to read those pieces of paper the first thing in the morning so we can start our day with a boost of confidence and energy?
A problem might be that reading grateful things sometimes don’t help in hard times. If we’re having problems in one particular area and we are grateful for something from another area, we might still feel like a drown fish. For example, I can be grateful for the fact that I had an awesome vacation, but it might not help if now I’m facing some work issues and I feel useless. So I believe we can go forward with those grateful written messages and we can identify some personal traits that led to that. That vacation message can be something like this: I’m grateful for the amazing time me and my family had in this trip in the mountains. This proves that I am capable of getting where I want as long as I’m willing to do the hard work of getting better each day. I believe this is an example that includes both great experiences we’re grateful for and proofs that we are capable of getting them.
What do you think about this? Should we prepare ourselves for the times things get hard?