On the WithoutWax blog the other day Pastor P. asked the question: what is your favorite cartoon character? Immediately these two lovable pessimists came to mind. That’s odd, I thought. Odd and very telling!
I am by nature a pessimist. You know a, the glass is half empty, ho-hum, the sky is falling, worse case scenario kind of person.
I’ve missed a lot of joy in my life because of that. Put off a heap of happiness. Said no to a ton of tingles…you get the picture. In a word, these little cartoon characters are more or less the way I am was wired. Over the years I’ve learned the hard way to let joy tickle me when it wants to. Do not ask questions. Do not second guess. Do not, for the love of Pete and all that’s Holy, ask: “what-if”? Just smile, take a deep breath and be on your way.
As this does not come natural for me I occasionally slip back into my Eeyore ears without even realizing it. During the holidays especially, when things are on my mind, even fun things, I tend to siiiinnnnk back. Maybe because of the sheer volume of “stuff” I have to think about! None of it bad. None of it sad. Should all be fun…but there’s sooooo much!!!
Last week that happened. Someone called me in the midst of my Christmas decorating hullabaloo and Eeyore, I mean, “I” talked to them for just a few minutes. My brows were actually creased as I hung up the phone. What’s up with that?
And I realized that although I had been perfectly positive in what I was saying, the way I was saying it was down right depressing! Like Eeyore or Charlie Brown, I was without energy and my voice sounded depressed and forced! AHHHHHH! Snap!
That’s me getting a reality check and snapping out of it. If I didn’t stop-drop-and role back into joy right then and there, I’m telling you I would have spiraled. And my spirals are not pretty!
Now, don’t get me wrong, I fully understand that there are seasons that are less than joyful. Seasons when we have to hide away and just allow ourselves to be sad. That’s necessary and I believe God uses them to bring healing to our hurting souls. Those season will come. You can count on it. When I was in a season like that, my precious friend Beth told me to take my time and allow God to do all He needs to do. Rest. Be quiet. Be good to yourself.
But, if you aren’t in one of those seasons right now, and joy is fluttering around just outside your door, why not let her in? Don’t postpone joy! I’ve found out the hard way, she doesn’t hang around for long!
So I was wondering…Do you guys ever have an issue with a weakness in your personality that requires you to stop, drop, and roll your way back to joy? Anger, sadness, sarcasm…(okay all of those are my issues!)
These are the animated characters I want to be more like!
(I’d prefer not to have Pooh’s tummy!)
BBFN!(Bye Bye For Now!)