I watched a documentary about a man who spent time in prison. He didn’t feel the punishment was befitting the crime as he didn’t think there was a crime.
But, when they were interviewing him, he said something that struck me:
“Going to prison was the best thing that could have happened to me.”
My initial reaction was that he must be playing for the camera. I wouldn’t blame him. We all want to look good, if even to ourselves.
Then when the interviewer pushed him further, he said:
“Look, I can either look at this as the worst thing that has ever happened to me. Be sad that all my money was taken from me, my career ruined, and I could go around telling everyone how I was wronged… and I’d be justified in doing so… but I’d also be miserable.
Or, I could look for the good in this situation and take the stance that my creator allowed me to experience this so I could grow as a person and learn lessons about life and about myself that I couldn’t have learned in any other way.
Yes, this was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But it’s up to me to choose whether I want to look at this from the negative side and then be miserable, or take the other route and look for the positive so that I can continue to move forward.
I may be drinking the Kool-Aid here, but I like the flavor a lot better than the alternative.”
I love this way of thinking. There have been too many times in my life when I have created stories that don’t serve me. Too many times I’ve been wronged and thought “why me?” only to have that thought hold me back if even for a day.
Why do we let these conscious thoughts control the way we think, the way we feel, and ultimately the way we project out into the world.
Today, make sure you’re drinking a sweet flavor of your story that fills you up and tastes damn good! Life’s too short to be sour.