“Long Live Life!”
Which on the face of it doesn’t really make sense. It doesn’t translate perfectly into English which – sadly – is my only language set.
But it does convey a concept, a feeling, an attitude. And that’s the point of today’s challenge post. Whether you translate it as “Here’s to life!” or “L’Chaim!” (the Yiddish toast “To Life!”), the emotional meaning is clear – Life is good, and here’s to more of the same.
But what if life ISN’T good in your corner of the universe? What if your dog done up and died and your truck won’t start and your rent ain’t paid and the boss kicked your butt down the hall in front of everybody, and you just can’t take it no more?
What do you do then?
Well then maybe it’s time to change your thinking. Maybe things don’t actually have to be like that. Maybe – just maybe – you have some say in the matter.
And for me, that’s where “Here’s to life” and “Joy in Life” and “L’Chaim” enter the picture. I honestly believe that we create the world we live in by our belief in it, and that we can – with effort and intention – change the course of our lives. Some folks go for the lottery ticket, but me, I prefer something a little more sure.
So yeah, I’ve been known to “Put on a happy face” when things are tough. Sometimes it takes an awful lot of energy to do that. Sometimes I just can’t even. But I know from 50 years of experience that when I start seeing the bad stuff as “normal” and dwelling on all that’s wrong, more bad stuff seems to be attracted to me.
Yes, I’m perennially short of funds, and no, I don’t have a magic mailbox and a trust fund from a rich uncle that’s bankrolling our change from land-based to cruising. We’ve busted our butts and sold everything we can and even raided our retirement accounts to make this dream come alive, because we BELIEVE that life is too precious to suck.
Is it really just attitude? Is it really that easy?
Think about someone you know who always has a complaint. Are they happy? Do they ever sit back on a GOOD day and really, honestly enjoy that moment? Or are they constantly waiting for the next sucky day, the next insult, the next bad hair day…
I’m not going to live that way.
Vive La Vie!