A few years back my grandma gave me this little flipbook from Hallmark with “inspirational” quotes on each page. When I was traveling a lot and away from home for months at a time I would take it with me and set it out somewhere with a quote like “Do what you love–it’s what you were meant to do” showing.
Well, for whatever reason, a month or so ago I put the thing out once more and set it to the page that says “The tide always turns.”
Now, when I did that it was as an inspirational thought. As in, things will get better. Sales will increase, you’ll find a home to buy, world peace will soon arrive.
But as I’ve looked at that quote every day for the last month or two, I’ve started to realize that the quote could just as easily mean the opposite. As in, things were going good and you just didn’t know it, and, well, the tide always turns and you’re about to get dragged out to sea.
I guess it’s one of those half-full, half-empty situations. All in the eye of the beholder. Is life good and getting worse or good and about to get better? And how much of your attitude and belief determines which direction things take?I’d say a tremendous amount, but sometimes you can just see that that light at the end of the tunnel really is a train and no amount of wishing otherwise will keep you from getting your butt run over.
Let’s just say I’ll be happy when this whole process of figuring out where I’m going to be living in the near future is done and over with. Compared to that the writing thing is an absolute breeze.