The other day I woke up anticipating throwing my curtains open and saying good morning to the early winter sunshine. My plan was to spread myself out on the couch like an old drag queen and just lay there, very dramatically, for as long as the natural warmth would allow.
Well, my theatrics don’t always work out because I didn’t plan on being greeted by grey. Not just in the sky but all around me. Normally I get to see the city wake up with me but on this day I couldn’t even see the city. The city was fog.
This wasn’t in the script for my day.
So what does a drama queen that’s set herself on a path of positivity and positive affirmations and flowing with the flow of life do?
She sighs very, very deeply. And just short of pouting back to bed she drags the words of every self-help book back to mind and ‘re-configures’ her thoughts to positive. Positive. Positive. Ok. I can do this. I can do this. I can do this. “What a wonderful day”. Big smile.
Saying the affirmations over and over and over again she jumps in the shower and gets on with her day.
Did the morning go well? Yes. Did the fog lift? Yes. Did the sun shine? Yes……..eventually.
Just not when I was expecting it to.
This is the thing about life. Sometimes we find ourselves in the middle of that fog. We have no idea what’s in front, what’s to the left to the right or what’s behind. All we see is grey. And then we pray and stay positive and expect. Something to happen.
And when nothing happens we start to doubt or fear or become despondent. And we start to question. Why is everything not happening according to my plan, my timings, and my needs?
Well, from what I have learnt from all the overhauls and make-over’s of my life, is that in becoming a better person or creating a better life, you need to have an extraordinary amount of patience.
It doesn’t happen overnight, in a few weeks or a few months. And voila! Then you’re cured. That’s it.
Oh no. You have to be in it for the long-term. This is a lifetime thing. This is a constant. This is a discipline. This is for. Ever. And Ever.
That’s right. Yes, I’m sighing. Don’t worry, it’s a good sigh.
When you start to doubt, fear or become despondent, try simply ‘getting on with your day’.
Just don’t STOP.
Because the fog does lift. And the sun does shine.
Just not always when you expecting it to.