Recently I was having a conversation with some people about how to deal with problems that come during life. Whether those problems are financial, job-related, family issues, or any of a million things, we all get thrown curveballs in life. One of the people in the conversation offered these words of council:
“When life is really hard and I’m going through a terrible situation, I just remember that the sun will come out tomorrow, and that one day everything will be ok.”
At first, Annie’s famous little melody sounds like a great piece of advice. But it got me thinking. If you’re always waiting for tomorrow, you’re going to waste a whole lot of todays. Plus, what if the sun doesn’t come out tomorrow? What if your life is going through a metaphorical North Pole where the sun doesn’t rise for 6 months of the year?
In that moment, I decided that I will not wait for the sun to come out. Why should the sun determine my happiness? Am I not my own person, free to choose my own destiny? Can I not take actions today to make me happier?
There are lots of things in life we can’t control. Layoffs from work, sickness and disease, economic crashes, poor choices of others, heartache, and more. Just like the fact that we can’t control the weather, we shouldn’t stress ourselves out about these things.
Who wakes up in the morning, sees a rainy forecast, and gets all upset and bent out of shape trying to control the weather to make it nice and sunny? No one! Because we realize that the weather is out of our control. What we can control are the clothes we wear, the umbrella we bring along, and the disposition we have.
Don’t stress about things you can’t control. Take responsibility for the things you can control, and choose to be happy, no matter what hardships you are going through. This isn’t always easy. Sometimes life punches you right in the face and all you want to do is lay down and cry. And that’s OK sometimes. But then you need to get up, dust yourself off, and put a smile on your face.
Don’t wait for the sun to come out before you are happy. Choose to be happy today, regardless of the weather.