Sometimes when life gives me roses, I still try to make lemonade. At least that is how it has been feeling lately. Let me explain. Most of us try to look on the bright side. To see the good in what is happening in our lives.., even when it’s something that seems a little sour.
We look for ways to turn a sour situation into something more palatable. As the old saying goes, we turn the lemons into lemonade.
So what about when the things we’re experiencing are really juicy and sweet? Do our minds still try to make them more palatable? I am asking, because I notice that’s what I seem to be doing a lot of these days.
And it goes against everything I intend.
This year has been AWESOME. Both my personal life and business are thriving. By the way, THANK YOU for your ongoing support of Storm Wisdom. You have made our recovery from 2020 so much more than we could have ever hoped for!
What I have notice is that I am bracing myself for sudden change or shift. And this is the problem. Instead of just celebrating the success, I am simultaneously trying to figure out how to respond to or be prepared for another downturn or challenge.
This takes the joy out of celebrating the good to make it more palatable if and when something goes wrong. That does not feel like intentional living!
There is a great Brene Brown special on Netflix called “The Call to Courage”. In it she talks about how our brains are hard-wired to protect ourselves when we are feeling vulnerable, including when we feel joy.
It helps to know that it is part of the human experience. But I still want to celebrate life’s wins without worrying about the next race!
Maybe catching ourselves ‘preparing for the worst’ is what we should hope for. Then we can set those thoughts down just as quickly and get back to celebrating! Because enjoying the beautiful life we intended IS intentional living.