“Good morning, Pooh Bear,” said Eeyore gloomily.
“If it is a good morning,” he said.
“Which I doubt,” said he.
“Why, what’s the matter?”
“Nothing, Pooh Bear, nothing.
We can’t all, and some of us don’t.
That’s all there is to it.”
“Can’t all what?” said Pooh, rubbing his nose.
Here we go round the mulberry bush.”
Do you ever feel like Eyeore? Having Hashimoto’s can make you doubt that it is a good morning. Sometimes I feel that way.
But lately, I’ve been thinking how it’s important not to take things so seriously. You have to have a sense of humor about it all.
Last time I posted an affirmation, it was pointed out that studies have shown that affirmations only work on people with high enough self-esteem.
If you are like Eyeore and don’t think too highly of yourself then you are doomed. Affirmations will make you even more depressed.
I have to say that made me laugh, but at the same time I recognized the truth in it. You can’t just slap on an affirmation, you have to do the inner work too.
Whatever your take on this, remember to have a sense of humor.
When you can laugh at yourself or at the situation you are in it can take the sting out of it.
Here’s a funny example. I recently rescued a dog from the pound. He’s a beautiful 3 year old fox terrier. Boy have they got a lot of energy!
Well, I wanted to rescue him so I’d be motivated to get off my butt more. That worked. But, he had so much energy I was a bit overwhelmed.
So I watched about 10 episodes of the Dog Whisperer. And the techniques I learned actually started to work.
But, he wasn’t in the pound for no reason. He sometimes bites when he freaks out. He bit my hand, then a couple of days later he bit my foot.
Here I am thinking, “I’m the new Dog Whisperer” and meanwhile, every time I come out of the house I’ve got a new part of my body bandaged and I’m limping and grimacing.
It was a pretty hilarious thing to see.
I was able to see the humor in it and I and my family really had a good laugh over it. In fact, I called my mother to share the story with her and she was in hysterics for a good 5 minutes.
And actually, we stuck with him and he’s calmed down an incredible amount. He’s a wonderful dog!
Life is so much more enjoyable if you can find a way to laugh about what you are going through. Ultimately, you do have a choice.
As a good friend of mine says,
“Have a great day! Unless you have other plans.”