Sunday, May 22, 2011
The Moody Blues and Misplaced Perspective
Your own moods can be extremely deceptive. They can, and probably do, trick you into believing your life is far worse than it really is. When you're in a good mood, life looks great. You have perspective, common sense, and wisdom. In good moods, things don't feel so hard, problems seem less formidable and easier to solve. When you're in a good mood, relationships seem to flow and communication is easy. If you are criticized, you take it in stride.
On the contrary, when you're in a bad mood, life looks unbearably serious and difficult. you have very little perspective. You take things personally and often misinterepret those around you, as you impute malignant motives into their actions.
In low moods we lose our perspective and everything seems urgent. We completely forget that when we are in a good mood, everything seems so much better.
Life is almost never as bad as it seems.
You can look at a bad mood as misplaced energy.When you find yourself in a bad mood, just grab onto the fact that it will pass and hey, it may be a great time for a quick run or another endorphine boosting exercise. Get it out with some boxing, jumprope, dancing like a goofball in front of your bedroom mirror to Lady Gaga....eh hem.
Are we crazy or bipolar? Maybe...but more than likely we are just experiencing the normal day to day or sometimes hour to hour fluxuations in mood. Nobody can be perfectly zen and live in the real world. Get the negative energy out through a productive means otherwise it can manifest into anything from a permanent sourpuss face ( I know you've seen people like this...the "I just bit into the sourest lemon on Earth.") to heartburn, heart pain, and even physical degeneration (Yes, I have seen this).
Be healthy. Be Happy. Love yourself unconditionally. Enjoy Life.
P.S. I know the attached picture has nothing to do with the theme of this blog, but it made me laugh so hard that it put me in a great mood. I hope it will do the same for you. (And in that way, maybe it does go!)
Erin Is Awesome
Excerpts taken from Don't Sweat The Small Stuff....and It's All Small Stuff
Richard Carlson, PH.D.