Lemons or lemonade?
I just love this picture of these two adorable little girls getting caught in the rain. One is thrilled with the change of events - thinks the rain is enchanting and she's ready to make an adventure out of it. The other is grumpy and disappointed. Sees the rain as a cold and ugly intrusion which has totally ruined their play plans. So she starts to cry.
One of the biggest lessons I've learned in life (so far!) is that I am responsible for my own happiness. Not one person or thing or circumstance can "make me happy" or "make me sad." It's entirely up to me. Once I really learned and adapted this philosophy, I became a tremendously happier person.
Do you think of yourself as an optimist? A pessimist? Or do you think you are a "realist"? I had a philosophy professor at the U of O tell us something that I have never forgotten, and it sure changed my outlook. He said that "Really, there is no such thing as 'reality.' It's all perception." Interesting thought, huh?