I used to at least always attempt to be optimistic about everything, even when the universe seemed against me. This is a feat I struggle with immensely now, especially after everything I have been through in my life.
Years of mental health issues, tragedy, or just being a grumpy asshole can turn the optimist into the pessimist; ultimately changing not only one’s perceptions but the course of one’s life.
The butterfly effect based on chaos theory was originally centered around the weather. Since the 1980s, people have also come to think the butterfly effect is a metaphor for how a small, seemingly insignificant event or action can affect or even completely change the outcome.
Perception is kind of like that. What we perceive in any area of life is our reality. You can think, speak or believe things into existence including happiness.
For us mental patients, this is such a good idea in theory but damn near impossible.
I believe to my very core, that the meaning of life is so simple, just hard to attain.
Gratitude and Love
Simple, right? Easy? No. It seems easy but it’s not. Life makes us bitter and angry.
Even the nicest person can have tons of pent up anger and aggression while appearing to be happy and healthy. A person can even be unaware of these toxic feelings until one day they just, snap.
Anger and aggression aren’t even what makes gratitude and love the most difficult.
It gets the hardest when tragedy enters your life. It’s very hard to love and be grateful when your spouse or child just died.
It’s unfair and makes no sense to us when tragedy happens. The only explanation I can come up with is that we are supposed to learn something, and we either get it or we don’t. If we don’t get it in this lifetime, maybe we will in the next one.
Learning to live a life of gratitude and love is very difficult. I know from personal experience that when we at least attempt to attain a life of gratitude and love, the results are magical.
Suddenly doors open that were previously closed, relationships improve and you start living a life you always wanted.
Try it. Make a serious conscious effort to live your life with gratitude and love for two weeks. Hell, try it for one week. You will find something you have been looking for…