Texture by Kim Klassen: 0303; Two layers at soft light;
tulip erased to bring it back to full color.
I have a bad habit of wanting to react instead of act. When my world rocks…and not in a good way…it tends to send me into a downward spiral. I know, I know; not good for me. But sometimes I can’t help it. When that happens, I dwell on the negative and expect the worst. Being hopeful seems to take so much more energy.
While I know possibilities are endless in most every situation, the pessimism gremlins sometimes successfully set up camp in my psyche and it’s almost impossible to evict them. Like today. I’m unsettled, have a headache and can’t focus. Plus, I’m soooooo tired of winter.
Reacting is non-productive. Sure, it’s instinctual and a normal reflex, but it doesn’t really accomplish anything except to kick in the flight or fight response. It’s only through proactive actions, that circumstances can really change for the better. Anything else can, and usually does, result in a pity party.
I think my problem is that sometimes I look at circumstances that are not my own, and my reaction is based on not being able to do anything about it. But am I really powerless to act when that happens? Do I not have control over how I respond to situations? Do I respond with positive energy and ideas to improve my outlook? Or negatively with pessimism, to perpetuate the dark cloud of despair?
Ahhh, therein lies the rub.
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