Lemons or lemonade?

Last Update: October 03, 2014

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?

Lemons?

Lemonade?

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tmmom Premium
I could not agree with you more!
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Sugarbird Premium
Sandra, you and I have similar backgrounds (corporate) and in that environment a person HAS to choose to be optimistic. Otherwise, as you know, it'll kill ya! Thanks for the comment.
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tmmom Premium
Yes, or at least give the appearance of being optimistic! No crying in corporate, or griping, or pointing out the obvious flaws that exist!
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Sugarbird Premium
ohboy. Ain't it the truth! Keep that smiling, corporate face!
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Kathy331 Premium
An optimist here Patti and I agree with your philosophy prof! :)
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Sugarbird Premium
At the time I thought he was nuts but turns out he knew more than I did! (there's a revelation!!) Thanks, Kathy!
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kholmes Premium
I live by perception! Works well for me. Thanks for a great post. Love the girls as well. :))
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Sugarbird Premium
Kim, me too! Perception rules! Glad you love that picture of the little girls as much as I do. It says so much without having so much as a caption...
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AlanCross Premium
I agree great blog...
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Sugarbird Premium
Thanks so much, Alan. You are so good about commenting (and you're always optimistic!!) :)
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AlanCross Premium
Awww so are you and you are also very supportive!
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CarlaIves Premium
So true. I do my best to be an optimist, but I'm much more of a realist. I've had to be in my life. Still, I totally agree that you make your own choices about this stuff. If you want to be miserable all the time, you will be. Just keep your skanky self away from me! :) Thanks, Patti!
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Sugarbird Premium
Carla, I just re-read your profile and you are truly an amazing person. You have had a lot in your life where you could have rationalized that you earned the "lemon" attitude, but you're lemonade, definitely. Thanks for the comment, my friend.
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CarlaIves Premium
Sometimes, Patti, you simply have no other choice. ;)
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Sugarbird Premium
Well... I think everybody has a choice, but people like you simply choose to rise above it and move ahead.
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