If you’ve been reading this newsletter for a while, you know I am an enthusiastic glass half full kind of person. I understand that relentlessly always looking on the good side can sometimes feel exhausting, irritating, and fake. However, I have noticed with hindsight, often things that seem like disasters turn out to be for the best.
After all, there is that maxim comedy is tragedy plus time. Time and distance give us a new perspective about seemingly negative events. I have noticed in my life I am grateful for not getting some things I really wanted.
Sometimes it’s hard to recover when things don’t work out the way you hoped. But having a bigger picture attitude of I’m not sure why this is happening, but it could be for the best, can help your recovery time.
I was reminded of this comedy is tragedy plus time philosophy this morning on my walk with Lucky. I met a neighbor whose brick house I’ve always admired. When I complimented her, she was pleased. Then she told me an interesting story. When she built the house, she didn’t like the brick that she had chosen. Strangely, it started falling off in spots, which meant she had to remove the brick off the entire house. This was, of course, a loud, long, stressful process. But the flip side was she got to pick the bricks that she really wanted and now she loves her house.
I encourage you, when your own bricks are falling down, to experience all the emotions of frustration and disappointment. But also, to hold space that this disaster might eventually turn into something great.
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