I’ve written before about our emotional scale. How we really want to be vibrating with the emotions near the top of the scale — joy, love, appreciation — as opposed to those at the bottom — anger, depression, despair. And I’ve said that you just have to make yourself feel ‘a little better.’ You don’t have to get from total despair to joy, you just have to move up a little to find some relief. Well, that’s all well and good, but what if you just can’t get there? What if you just feel like crap and you can’t budge yourself up that scale. What then? I say…
Whip out your best Scarlett O’Hara.
I recently ran across the movie Gone With the Wind. And I’ll admit, I’ve never seen it all the way through before, just bits and pieces here and there. So watching it this time, I realized, Scarlett was a real “beyatch.” I was laughing at how awful she was. But then I heard her say something that really resonated. So all this stuff is happening, Tara is in shambles, people are sick and dying, she has no money, no food, Rhett isn’t around, and those damn Yankees (I can say that, I am one)…. And someone comes up and starts telling her about one more thing, and she says,
“I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”
And I thought, “Bravo Scarlett!”
Sometimes when we try and try and try to turn something around in our heads, we just end up digging ourselves in to our discomfort deeper…and deeper…and deeper. And when we do, it can feel like we’re going crazy. So what do we do?
Stop thinking about that right now. Think about it tomorrow.